Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

Did Obama Go Too Far on Immigration? Supreme Court to Decide

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review Obama Immigration Action Case Blog Immigration Blog Are Immigration Agents Defying the President?
Dana Christensen | 23 January, 2016, 04:51

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it would hear a case regarding President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. A win by those opposed to Obama's actions would no doubt cause the immigration reform movement to dig in harder, and make the case for a president more sympathetic to their cause. The court in 2012 and 2015 rejected conservative challenges to his signature healthcare law.

The president acted without congressional approval 14 months ago, and lower courts have already put Obama's executive actions on hold.

Most of the major Republican candidates have pledged to recind Obama's executive action.

"We've got a lot of confidence in the legal arguments that we'll be making before the court", Earnest said.

Reith says they've been working since November, sending letters and videos to the Supreme Court, trying to prove the "DAPA" Program's value.

In February, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, Tex., entered a preliminary injunction shutting down the program while the legal case proceeded. However, the court's justices have added their own questions to the case about whether the president had violated his obligations to enforce the nation's laws, the New York Times reports.

The court's decision to hear the case could impact the 2016 presidential election and the president's legacy, since it was one of his broader executive orders.

If the court sides with the Obama administration, Obama would have until his term in office ends in January 2017 to implement the immigration plan.

Obama's executive action came after a bipartisan immigration policy overhaul bill passed by the Senate died in the House of Representatives. "The Court could say, 'the statute doesn't forbid what the president has done, so now we have to see what the Constitution says, '" Stephen Legomsky, an expert in immigration law at Washington University School of Law, tells me.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has vowed to a build border wall and deport the estimated 11.3 million undocumented immigrants now in the United States. Sen. Rights groups and witnesses, however, said raids also targeted immigrants, including families with children, who had arrived from Central America to flee violence in their homeland.

However, Tuesday's announcement by the Supreme Court gave them and around 20,000 other similar families in the Upstate hope.

But Obama's aggressive use of executive power has intensified the criticism by his adversaries that the president is abusing his authority. In December of that year, Texas and 16 other states filed suit against the USA government, arguing that the president and administration had overstepped their constitutional authority.

Verrilli said that lower-court rulings "will force millions of people-who are not removal priorities under criteria the court conceded are valid, and who are parents of USA citizens and permanent residents-to continue to work off the books, without the option of lawful employment to provide for their families".

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