States Fight Immigration Order
THE SANTA CLARA
January 21, 2016
The Supreme Court stepped into the immigration debate Tuesday, setting up a likely decision in the middle of a presidential campaign marked by harsh rhetoric about immigrants.
The justices agreed to review whether President Barack Obama, acting without congressional approval, has the power to shield from deportation up to five million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally and make them eligible to work without fear of being rounded up.
The case will be argued in April and decided by late June, before both political parties gather for their conventions.
If Obama prevails against opponents led by Republican governors, there would be roughly seven months left in his presidency to implement plans that would affect the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as some people who arrived in the United States before they turned 16.
“We are confident that the policies will be upheld as lawful,” White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said after the court’s announcement on Tuesday.
At issue is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, which Obama said in late 2014 would allow people who have lived in the United States for 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 Obama’s program on behalf of 26 states 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.
From AP Reports.