Thursday, June 23, 2016

Supreme Court Indecision Slams Door Shut On Obama's Immigration Plans

Anything that throws a Fuck into his plans works for me.

Supreme Court deadlock deals defeat to Obama immigration plan

An ideologically-deadlocked Supreme Court dealt a severe blow Thursday to President Obama’s immigration reform plan, casting the November election as a referendum on how to deal with the more than 11 million people living in the country illegally.

The 4-4 vote leaves in place a Texas federal judge’s order that has prevented Obama from granting deportation relief and work permits to more than 4 million immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents.

The tie means it will be left to the next president, the next Congress and possibly a nine-member high court to address what is widely seen as a broken immigration system.

The dispute was one of the major clashes this year before the Supreme Court, and the stalemate demonstrated once again how the current eight-member court – left equally divided since the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia – has been unable to issue definitive rulings in the most contested cases.

The justices issued a one-line decision in United States vs. Texas saying the judgment of the lower court “is affirmed by an equally divided court.”

The split was almost certainly along the familiar ideological lines, though the justices' votes were not revealed.

During oral arguments in April, the conservative justices, all Republican appointees, had voiced support for the lawsuit by Texas and 25 other Republican-led states, which said Obama’s order was illegal.

The four liberal justices, all Democratic appointees, appeared to favor the administration and its claims that the president has broad power under immigration law to set enforcement policies.

In announcing his Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents in 2014, Obama said that deportations should focus on criminals, gang members and people who repeatedly cross the border, but not on immigrant parents of U.S. citizens.

Obama proposed to allow people who fit this category to come forward, undergo a background check and receive a work permit if they qualified. It was similar to a previous program that benefited immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, dubbed “Dreamers.” That program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is unaffected by Thursday's ruling.

Texas state lawyers said Obama's second immigration-reform plan went too far. They sued in a federal court in Brownsville. A judge issued a national order preventing Obama’s plan from going into effect, and the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans upheld that order.

Obama mourned his defeat Thursday, calling the court’s non-decision “disappointing” and “frustrating.”

I'm sure a few rounds of Golf will take his mind off it.


Anonymous said...

I am surprised. This is the same court that ruled in favor of Obamacare at the very last minute, on Roberts's personal willful interpretation. Well, as long as it screws up Obama's plans, even if it will be only a little.

idahobob said...

The obamrhoid will do whatever he damned well pleases. He doesn't give one shit about what the supremes rule or not rule upon. He thinks that he is a law unto himself.


Moe said...

"Obama: Most illegals still won’t be deported

President Obama said most illegal immigrants still won’t be deported, even after the Supreme Court’s tie ruling Thursday upheld an injunction on his broader deportation amnesty.

Mr. Obama rushed to assure illegal immigrants with ties to the U.S. that they are “low priorities,” even though they will not be able to get the work permits and taxpayer benefits his “deferred action” program had promised."

Guess he say "fuck the Supremes, I is the Prez"


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