The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to offer the final word on President Obama’s immigration plan. LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that the Court has agreed to review the President’s action in creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program created by presidential action and not by legislation. [See LBN’s earlier report on the program.]
President Obama created the program in 2014 after Congress failed to enact any legislation dealing with immigration laws. DAPA would allow illegal immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens to live in the U.S. and apply for work permits if they have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 1, 2010 and have not been convicted of specified crimes. The effect of the law is to allow the government to set priorities in the pursuit of deportation against illegal immigrants.
The legal action against DAPA was brought by Texas and twenty-five other states. The states contend that the president has overreached his power as chief executive. Among other grounds, the states allege that the president’s actions violate Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution requiring the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” The case will be heard in the spring, and the Court will rule before it adjourns in June.
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