Executive Action Denial
Obama’s Immigration Executive Action Rehearing Denied by Supreme Court
An estimated 11 million immigrants live in the United States illegally, and on the first day of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt yet another setback to the Obama Administration’s executive actions on immigration. The Court denied the Administration’s request for a rehearing on its deferred action programs for undocumented immigrants. The denial comes months after the Supreme Court justices split 4-4 over the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. This decision means that millions of undocumented immigrants will continue to be without legal work authorization in the United States or protection from deportation.
Obama’s plan was designed to let roughly 4 million people – those who have lived illegally in the United States at least since 2010, have no criminal record and have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents – get into a program that shields them from deportation and supplies work permits. The administration in July asked the court to take a second look at the case once it had a full complement of nine justices. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February left the Court without a ninth justice.
The fate of the programs may be up to the next president. Hillary Clinton supports the Obama Administration’s executive actions, while Donald Trump does not and has said he would end all of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. It’s unclear whether Senate Republicans might reevaluate their position regarding the blockade of Obama’s nomination of a ninth justice, following the election on Nov. 8. In any case, Buda Law Group will be closely watching and providing any updates regarding recent changes to immigration policies and more.
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