The most recent development in the legal battle over the immigration executive action (IEA) has left some political and immigration experts wondering whether the U.S. Supreme Court may be needed to resolve this controversial matter.
Currently, Judge Hanen’s injunction regarding the IEA remains in place, as a federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s attempts to have the order lifted. Now, both sides are focused on the next hearing, which is schedule to get underway on July 6th. During this hearing, both sides will have an opportunity to present their arguments regarding why or why not the immigration executive action is unconstitutional.
If the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ends up ruling against the Justice Department, finding that the immigration executive action is unconstitutional, it’s quite possible that the Justice Department will file another appeal, potentially appealing until this matter is put before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to resolve.
Reactions from Leaders
As the July hearing approaches, many leaders have expressed their strong concerns regarding this case.
President Barack Obama, the most prominent supporter of this immigration reform that could prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, noted back in February:
The law is on our side, and history is on our side… this is not the first time where a lower court judge has blocked something or attempted to block something that ultimately is going to be lawful, and I’m confident that it is well within my authority.
Echoing some of these sentiments, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has also stated:
The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws — which is exactly what the president did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system… Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.”
The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts, and the district court in Washington, D.C. have determined that the President’s actions are well within his legal authority… Top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe.
On the opposite side of the argument has been just as much ardent support. Summing up the opposition concisely has been U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who has stated, “the president overstepped his authority when he decided to unilaterally remake immigration law, ignoring Congress.”
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