Obama’s issued so many executive orders and actions that this could be the beginning of SCOTUS taking on any number of them. Illegal immigration just happens to be the first one they’ve said they’re tackling –
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 19, 2016
Here are more details from ABC News –
The immigrants who would benefit from the administration’s plan are mainly the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
Texas is leading 26 mainly Republican-dominated states in challenging the Democratic administration’s immigration plan.
So far, the federal courts have sided with the states to keep the administration from issuing work permits and allowing the immigrants to begin receiving some federal benefits.
If the justices eventually side with the administration, that would leave roughly seven months in Obama’s presidency to implement his plans. “We are confident that the policies will be upheld as lawful,” White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said after the court’s action Tuesday.
At issue is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, which Obama said in late 2014 would allow people who have been in the United States more than five years and who have children who are in the country legally to “come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”
Texas quickly led a legal challenge to the program and has won every round in court so far. Most recently, in November, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the states, prompting the appeal to the Supreme Court.
So… with SCOTUS find a heretofore unknown clause in the Constitution that allows the president to do whatever the crap he wants with a stroke of his pen? Or will they actually uphold the law as written? I guess we’ll find out in June.