Obama administration officials announced that they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that blocked last year’s executive orders. Officials with the Justice Department stated that they want the appeals court decision on the Obama immigration lawsuit reversed. The lower court’s decision on the Obama immigration lawsuit overruled the president’s executive orders, which would have allowed millions of undocumented immigrants to delay their deportation hearings.
Details of the Obama Immigration Lawsuit
Attorneys general from 26 states filed the Obama immigration lawsuit, alleging that the president overstepped his constitutional authority. One of the executive orders would have allowed immigrants whose children were born in the U.S. to avoid deportation. Another order would have let immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors to delay their deportation hearings. The states argued in their Obama immigration lawsuit that Congress, not the President, has the sole authority to make immigration policy.
Obama Immigration Lawsuit Appeal Could Reach High Court
A three-judge panel from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to uphold a lower court’s ruling in the Obama immigration lawsuit. The lower court ruling ordered a halt to the executive actions. The decisions regarding the Obama immigration lawsuit could affect up to five million undocumented immigrants, most of them from Mexico and Central America. The actions were due to go into effect in February 2016, but were put on hold pending the court’s decision.
Obama Immigration Lawsuit and Supreme Court Timing
The timing for the Supreme Court to hear the states’ Obama immigration lawsuit could be an issue for both sides. The high court’s current session ends in June 2016, so justices typically stop taking cases in mid-January. An attorney who has presented cases to the high court told reporters that both sides would need to file their paperwork on the Obama immigration lawsuit “essentially this month” in order to have their case heard before the end of the court’s term.
Obama Immigration Lawsuit and Politics
With the president’s second and final term ending in January 2017, a quick decision on the Obama immigration lawsuit could be crucial for both sides. The upcoming presidential election has made the issues surrounding the Obama immigration lawsuit a hot-button topic for both parties. Republican candidates, such as real estate mogul Donald Trump, have promised to overturn the executive actions and begin forced deportation of all undocumented immigrants. Former Secretary of State and current Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton told reporters that she hopes the court upholds the executive orders.
Source: Yahoo News
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