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The executive action on immigration, which has become a highly controversial subject – particularly in light of the election year, recent hit another major roadblock: the recent 4-4 split decision on the case (U.S. v. Texas) that was handed down by the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS). Looking to overcome this obstacle and secure deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. officials at the U.S. Department of Justice are now petitioning SCOTUS to rehear the case as soon as the court body has nine members.

SCOTUS’s split decision in this case has essentially upheld a lower court’s injunction intended to block the executive action (in an attempt to permanently prevent the extension of this deportation relief). Without SCOTUS agreeing to rehear the case, the executive action on immigration could remain in limbo for the foreseeable future.

Blocking the Executive Action for Immigration: The Impacts

The executive action on immigration could provide deportation relief to as many as 4 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. With this action now stalled indefinitely, law-abiding foreign nationals in the U.S. who are not properly documented may face:

  • The threat of deportation
  • Barriers to securing work and/or needed government aid
  • Limited access to social support programs

Although it’s unlikely that undocumented immigrants who follow U.S. laws will be rounded up by ICE officials and sent back to their countries of origin, the lack of official deportation relief (that would be provided by the executive action) still makes this a possibility, threatening to break up families and negatively impact this sector of the American population in many other ways.

Will SCOTUS Agree to the DOJ’s Request & Rehear the Case?

A lot of speculation surrounds this question, with many immigration and legal experts contending that it is very unlikely that SCOTUS will rehear the case – even after another justice officially assumes the position left open in the wake of Scalia’s death. That’s because, according to experts, it is “exceedingly rare” for SCOTUS to grant a rehearing.

As more news about this case and SCOTUS’ response to the DOJ’s request becomes available, we’ll report the latest updates do you here, in an upcoming blog. In the meantime, tell us what you think about this case – and the DOJ’s latest efforts to revive it – on Facebook & Google+.

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