The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that it wants to answer the question of whether the president’s executive order violates the constitutional clause that says the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed”.
It’s now up to the Supreme Court to decide the fate of President Obama’s 2014 immigration policy that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants, known as DAPA, to apply for temporary status in the United States under specific circumstances.
The high court will take up President Obama’s executive actions on immigration which have been blocked by lower courts.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said they were happy to see the Supreme Court get involved with the case. “Those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded when the President unilaterally sought to grant “lawful presence” to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens who are in this country unlawfully”.
Previous year a federal appeals court ruled the Obama administration overstepped its authority and put the brakes on an executive action that would have granted permission to millions of undocumented children and parents to live and work in the United States.
The administration said Texas and the other states do not even have the right to challenge the plan in federal court.
The issue of illegal immigration has been one of the key issues in the Republican primary battle ever since Donald Trump entered the race with a proposal to build a wall between the US and Mexico and deport all illegal immigrants.
“Given the long-standing precedent and the history of jurisprudence in the immigration area, this is a simple matter that the program is clearly legal”, Beardall said. He will lead a brief to the Supreme Court arguing against the Fifth Circuit Court’s stand. There have been more than 600,000 people who have successfully applied for this program.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday, “We’ve got a lot of confidence in the legal arguments that we’ll be making before the court”.
Immigration advocates such as Florida Immigrant Coalition Executive Director María Rodriguez also applauded the court’s decision to consider the case.
But the much larger program for parents of US citizens wasn’t almost as far along when the court shut it down.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said “I will recognize the legality and necessity” of Obama’s actions, citing the “broad authority” of presidents “to defer removal when it is in the national interest”. Robert Menendez, praised the court’s action.
The justices are taking up the case after it was caught up in the lower courts.
Republican candidates, who lean toward stricter immigration laws, have called the executive orders unlawful, while all three Democratic candidates have expressed support for the actions.
Some court observers saw in the court’s decision to look at Obama’s power under the Constitution a potentially ominous sign.
Organizers believe the majority came to the USA when they were children or they have children that are now legal citizens.