On Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, the Supreme Court agreed to consider Obama’s
immigration plan, which would provide work permits to about 5 million
illegal immigrants, who would also be shielded from deportation.
This is the latest news in the heated debate over illegal immigration,
which has been at the forefront of the presidential campaign. The high
court will be hearing the case in April and issuing a decision in June.
In November, the Justice Department petitioned the court to review the
ruling by the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in Louisiana, which upheld a decision
by Texas Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen which blocked Obama’s immigration plan.
On Nov. 20, 2014, Obama went public with his immigration initiative, but
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, along with 26 other Republican-led states, fought
Opponents claimed that if it were to go through, it would place a great
burden on the states for various reasons, such as forcing them to issue
hundreds of thousands of driver’s licenses to the immigrants.
The issue is whether Obama is violating federal law by making policy changes
without the input of the American people, and if the executive branch
On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who opposes Obama’s
plan said in a statement, “As federal courts have already ruled
three times, there are limits to the president’s authority, and
those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded.”
Meanwhile, immigrant advocates are hopeful that they will have a fair hearing,
namely because they believe that the lower courts’ decisions were
“We are optimistic that the underlying legal issues will be resolved
in our favor, and the relief fought for and won by the immigrants’
rights movement will be unfrozen,” said Frank Sharry of America’s Voice.
While the court may decide to allow Obama’s program to proceed, implementing
it before the November election would be difficult. Additionally, the
outcome of the election will likely determine whether or not the program
will be enacted.
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