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Obama’s Immigration Laws Go Before Supreme Court


Two of president Obama’s sweeping executive actions over immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) go before the Supreme Court. They were challenged by Texas who said the president overreached his executive powers by shielding more than 4 million people from deportation. The actions were taken by the president after years of inaction by congress to even begin to think about maybe talking about the issue. While many conservatives cried foul, the laws are largely popular with many Americans and led to a majority of Latinos voting for Obama in the 2012 election. The court began to hear oral arguments today. The court is, of course, only eight justices now since the death of Antonin Scalia and could very well split down the middle as there is no tie breaking vote. Justice Kennedy, AKA Mr. deciding vote, has already questioned the law saying of immigration policy,

“That is a legislative task, not an executive task. It’s as if the president is defining the policy and the Congress is executing it. That’s just upside down.”

That does not bode well. It’s hard to imagine that conservatives forgot that their hero Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants in the 80’s but they have a short memory. Ironic that their symbol is the elephant. Something needed to be done about immigration and the president did the bare minimum he could do to stop the deportation of the parents of natural born Americans and kids that just wanted an education. But we are currently in an anti-immigration phase in America as Donald Trump’s poll numbers prove. It would be a shame if the court broke apart millions of families in the name of politics.

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