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The contentious debate over the executive action on immigration has finally come to a head, with the U.S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in the case, United States v. Texas, today. Over 90 minutes, both sides – the White House versus the coalition of 26 states opposing the executive action – will make their cases before the high court.

The White House, represented by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, is expected to argue that the states do not have authority to bar an executive action. Additionally, it’s possible that Solicitor General Verrilli will underscore the benefits of providing deportation relief to about 5 million undocumented immigrants, highlighting the humane and compassionate aspects of the action.

The states, represented by Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, are expected to contend that President Barack Obama has exceeded the scope of his authority and that the high court should permanently block the executive action.

While this is as controversial as it is complex, below are some of the most important facts to understand about it.

Top 5 Facts to Know about the Case

  1. Who will be making arguments over the designated 90-minute period – While the petitioner (the White House) will get 35 minutes to present its case, the respondent (the states) will reportedly receive 30 minutes to make their arguments. The additional 25 minutes have been reserved for:
    • The Mexican-American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF), which will have 10 minutes – These arguments will likely support the executive action.
    • The U.S. House of Representatives, which will have 15 minutes – These arguments are likely going to contend that President Obama has assumed Congressional powers in issuing the executive action.
  2. What happens if there is a tie – The ruling of the lower court would likely stand, meaning that the injunction barring the executive action would remain in place.
  3. Possibility of deferral – It is possible for the high court to hear arguments and then defer the case until a replacement for Antonin Scalia has taken a seat on the bunch.
  4. If the Supreme Court finds in favor of the White House – If the high court rules in favor of the White House, lifting the injunction, the executive action would effectively provide deportation relief to about 4.5 to 5 million undocumented immigrants. Some fear, however, that a victory could be short lived, given that Obama’s successor could issue policies reversing the action.
  5. When to expect a decision from the Supreme Court – In about two months, in June, a decision from the high court is expected to be issued.

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