Obama Sets Stage For Supreme Court Battle on Immigration

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Thrusting the country's top court into the position of arbiter in a charged political row, the Justice Department said it would challenge lower court rulings that blocked Obama's efforts to reform immigration policy.

According to the Illinois Democrat, regardless of the court's decision Monday, "The law and common sense are so clearly" on Obama's side that the executive actions will be implemented eventually.

This would be Obama's last chance to carry out the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans plan prior to him leaving office in 2017, when a Republican could be elected and may decide not to undertake the proposed program regarding immigration overhaul changes.

"The timing of this couldn't be more important", said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

Until then, "we'll keep up the fight", said Mauricio Jimenez, with the Make the Road New York movement, one of the people who went on a hunger strike for nine days before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals building before the ruling.

Though administration officials have remained adamant that they will ultimately prevail before the Supreme Court, the strength of their legal arguments will not be the only issue - instead their greatest hurdle will be time.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said it was 'a win for the checks and balances established by the Constitution'.

Paxton said that the Obama administration had "aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power".

The orders including the expansion of a measure protecting immigrant children and another shielding parents in the country illegally if their children were citizens.

Regardless of whether the Supreme Court takes up the case before then, it is sure to become a major point of contention during the 2016 election campaign. Obama's plan would allow unauthorized immigrants who are the parents of United States citizens or legal permanent residents and have lived at least five years in U.S.to apply for temporary legal status and work permits.

"Although there are approximately 11.3 million removable aliens in this country today, for the last several years Congress has provided the Department of Homeland Security with only enough resources to remove approximately 400,000 of those aliens per year", wrote King, who was appointed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter. "SCOTUS should uphold DACA/DAPA so millions of families can stop living in fear".

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the ruling.

"There can be little doubt that Congress's choices as to the level of funding for immigration enforcement have left DHS with difficult prioritization decisions", she wrote. She cast the decision to defer action on some deportations as "quintessential exercises of prosecutorial discretion" and noted that the Homeland Security Department has limited resources.


It would also allow the parents to work legally in the US.



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