NYT: Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Obama Immigration Actions


Time: 6:18 p.m. CEST

The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday it would consider a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, the New York Times published on Tuesday. As it is their custom, the justices did not explain agreeing to hear the case, United States v. Texas, No 15-674. The Times says, “the court did broaden the scope of the case, asking parties to address fundamental question: “whether the administration’s plan violates the constitutional command that the president ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’”

Much of the briefing so far has been focused on the threshold question of whether the states have suffered the sort of direct and concrete injury that gives them standing to sue. The question will play a major role as the Supreme Court considers the case.

Before 14 months, President Obama requested the creation of a program that would support about five million illegal immigrants to apply for a program, which will spare them from deportation and provide them work permits. The name of the program is Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. (DAPA)

President reacted after Republicans in Congress refused to support bipartisan Senate legislation on the immigration, publicly more known as the Senate Gang of Eight Bill. Obama introduced the executive action on immigration before Thanksgiving in 2014, while saying, “You can come out of the shadows.”

The President’s promise has gone unfulfilled, the Times comments. Shortly after the announcement of the President, 26 states, led by the attorney general in Texas, a Republican filed a lawsuit accusing the president of ignoring federal procedures for changing law and abusing its power by circumventing Congress.

In February last year, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas submitted a preliminary injunction and shutdown the program during the legal case. Judge Hanen set the injunction on the Obama administration’s did not give notice and seek public comments on its new program.

The Federal government appealed and on November 9, a divided three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, confirmed the injunction. If the Supreme Court supports Obama’s actions, the White House could quickly set up the DAPA program and start with enrollment of immigrants. The candidates for Presidents from Democratic Party said they would continue the program, but Republicans could dismantle.

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