Supreme Court to decide on US immigration policy case

Apr 19, 2016 11:46 AM by News Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

Texas and more than two dozen other states say the president overstepped his bounds by shielding some four million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The justices asked some tough questions of both sides and appeared to be divided on the issue.

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court there was singing and there was chanting.

Immigrants and families of immigrants gathered for an epic constitutional showdown on immigration and presidential power.

The state of Texas, joined by 25 other states, is challenging president Obama’s efforts to shield some four million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

"One person doesn't have the unilateral authority to change the law or make new law," said Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton.

But the Obama administration argues the president is simply re-allocating resources, choosing to go after violent criminals, not children brought here illegally, or undocumented parents of children born here.

"And we are hopeful that come June, the president will be able to implement that guidance and provide that relief from daily fear," said Thomas Saenz, an immigration lawyer who agrees with the Obama administrations actions on immigration.

The absence of Justice Antonin Scalia raises the possibility of a 4-4 deadlock.

And court watchers say the justices today appeared deeply divided.

Every bit as divided on this issue as the nation itself.

One of the questions at the core of this case is whether Texas is being directly harmed, and whether it has the standing to bring this case to the court.


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