Immigration Newsletter

Thursday, June 23, 2016

President Obama signed his executive order on immigration aboard Air Force One in November 2014. On Thursday, the Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that he had overstepped his authority.CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The assertion of presidential power was remarkable in scale. With the flick of a pen just before Thanksgiving in 2014, President Obama ordered that nearly five million illegal immigrants be allowed to “come out of the shadows” and work legally in the United States.
Standing at the same lectern where he had announced the death of Osama bin Laden three years earlier, Mr. Obama insisted in a speech to the nation that his plan for immigrants was a fully legal response to a Republican-controlled Congress that had refused his plea for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.
But on Thursday, the Supreme Court disagreed. In a 4-to-4 decision, the justices let stand a lower court ruling that Mr. Obama had overstepped his authority. The decision freezes the president’s actions for the balance of his term, leaving the future of the program — and millions of undocumented workers — in limbo.
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My personal view is that this was a very cowardly decision on the part of the US Supreme Court -- as evidenced by the fact that none of them wanted to sign it and so it was published as a one sentence Per Curiam opinion.

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