The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review the case regarding President Obama’s so-called “executive amnesty.”
As reported by Western Journalism, the Obama administration announced in the late fall of 2014 it was expanding beyond its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to include the illegal alien parents of children born in the United States. The new program is called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).
The administration stated it was exercising prosecutorial discretion by choosing to shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. Since then, 26 states have sued the federal government, citing the abuse of executive authority.
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A federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction last year against the Obama administration going forward with its plan, finding its was likely unconstitutional, which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld.
The Obama administration appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, which will probably hear the oral arguments in April, with a decision following by June.
Prior to the administration’s decision to roll out the DAPA program, the president said on numerous occasions he lacked the power to act unilaterally to change the nation’s immigration laws. “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States,” he said during a speech in 2013. “My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
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 U.S. and Mexico and deport all illegal immigrants.