Beginning its term on Monday, the Supreme Court rejected the Obama administration’s appeal to re-hear a case related to Mr. Obama’s Nov. 20, 2014, executive action attempting to shield close to 4 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
Deadlocked at 4-4 in a June 23 decision, the refusal by the High Court Monday to take on the case once again leaves its early summer ruling intact and affirms a lower court decision blocking Mr. Obama’s order.
Under Mr. Obama’s plan, millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. since 2010, with unblemished criminal records and with children also in the country, would be eligible for work permits and a federal program to safeguard them from deportation.
26 states challenged Mr. Obama’s Executive Action, leading to a protracted legal battle over the last two years.
On the vanguard of the fight was Texas, which, along with 25 other states, took action to thwart Mr. Obama. Celebrating the High Court’s decision Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was elated.
“This is the latest setback to the president’s attempt to expand executive power and another victory for those who believe in the Constitution’s separation of powers and the rule of law,” Paxton told reporters.
During a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest backhanded the Senate Republicans’ refusal to grant hearings to Judge Merrick Garland and linked the Court’s refusal to hear the case to the shorthanded bench.
“The inability of the Supreme Court in this situation to reach a decision and put forward a ruling has a negative impact on millions of people in the United States,” he said.
According to a late August poll conducted by Rasmussen, 41 percent of likely U.S. voters believe granting legal status to undocumented immigrant workers is more important than securing the border, compared to 51 percent who say border security is the higher priority.
[Reuters] [Rasmussen Reports] [Photo courtesy Inquisitr]