The Obama administration appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday to rescue President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration that would save millions of illegal immigrants in the United States.
The appeal is issued exactly a year after Obama announced the executive action on immigration and will put his administration in a dispute with 26 mainly Republican led states. The Justice Departments filled a formal appeal to the 2-1 decision from the 9th of November New Orleans 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed a lower court’s ruling of February to stop the executive action.
According to Reuters, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s filing to the nine Justices of the Supreme Court stated that if the appeals court ruling was left in place, nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants would “continue to work off the books, without the option of lawful employment to provide for their families.” He also wrote that the Court of Appeals “upheld an unprecedented nationwide injunction against implementing a federal immigration enforcement policy of great national importance. If left intact, the ruling would allow states to frustrate the federal government’s enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.”
The Court of Appeals decided in favor of the 26 Republican led states, led by Texas and ruled that Obama’s executive order overstepped his Presidential authority and sidestepped Congress.
However, the Obama administration has stated that the states led by Republican partisan efforts had no legal basis to challenge it.
The immigration dispute will most probably take the center stage of the Supreme Court agenda for this year and may well run throughout June, along with the Texas abortion law.
According to Reuters, two hours after the appeal was formally filed, a dozen of immigration activists gathered in front of the Supreme Court building and demonstrated in English and Spanish, with one of the placards reading “Children have the right to be with their parents.”
President Barack Obama is pushing for a quick ruling by the Supreme Court while he is still in office, even though if he gets a Democrat as a successor to the Presidency, there would be an expansion to his plans. For instance, Hillary Clinton has pledged to go even further that his immigration action. On the other hand, a Republican like Donald Trump would be more than willing to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, most of whom are Hispanics.
The Court’s review and approval would enact the executive order to protect from deportation and give working permits to as many as 5 million immigrants, the majority of them being parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, with no criminal background.