White House will ask SCOTUS to weigh in on executive action on immigration
In light of the recent appellate court ruling to uphold the injunction against the executive action on immigration, the Obama Administration will reportedly be appealing the case to the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS). As the Justice Department recently announced, the Administration will be asking SCOTUS to weigh in on whether or not the President has the authority to provide deportation relief to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Elaborating on the Administration’s reaction to the ruling, a White House official, speaking to Fox News anonymously because he was prohibited from speaking publicly about this case, explained that:
We strongly disagree with the 5th Circuit’s decision… The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.
Others have expressed frustration that the appellate court took so long to issue its ruling, noting that the significant delay (from when the case was filed in May to this month when the ruling was issued) has eaten up precious appeal time – and, possibly more importantly, the little time the President would have to actually roll out this program before leaving office if the high court ruled in his favor.
What the Executive Action on Immigration Would Do
According to the White House, if the executive action on immigration ultimately takes effect:
- Deportation relief could be provided to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants in the nation.
- Over the next decade, the American Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could increase anywhere from 0.4 to 0.9 percent. This would be an increase of roughly $90 billion to as much as $210 billion in 10 years.
- Over the next decade, the federal deficit could decrease substantially, dropping anywhere from $25 billion to $60 billion.
- Within the first year of taking effect, the executive action on immigration could generate about $2.9 billion in additional payroll taxes for the government. Within the first five years, as much as $21.2 billion in payroll taxes could be generated.
- Over the next decade, the executive action would also boost the wages of the average American-born worker, increasing them by about $170.
- There would be no negative impact on U.S.-born workers.
As more news about the appeal to SCOTUS becomes available, we will report the latest updates to you here in a future blog.
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