This is due to a 4-4 tie. We are reminded of the importance of Justice Scalia every day, it’s heartbreaking that he left us. I must give the rare kudos to the GOP in the Senate for not capitulating to Obama’s SCOTUS nominee. Anyone nominated by Obama will be a disaster. I don’t care how they wrap him or her.
This (non)decision is also reminder that our Republic shouldn’t be at the mercy of a Supreme Court that is so divided between conservative and liberal. And that fact *will* change with the next president.
Not only will the Scalia seat need to be filled, but Justice Thomas indicated he would want to retire after the election. His wife, journalist Ginni Thomas has refuted that news, but he has made it clear he does not intend to die doing his job, and we can’t blame him.
President Hillary will make sure either a liberal super majority will control the court for the next two generations. She has already indicated she’d be very interested in nominating… Barack Obama. The only reason that wouldn’t happen is if he doesn’t want it. Then there’s Eric Holder. Donald Trump has released a list of names that indicated the type of person he’d select. It was an excellent list.
Put all this in your decision toolchest.
Supreme Court has thwarted President Barack Obama’s drive to expand his executive actions on immigration by making as many as five million immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally eligible for quasi-legal status and work permits.
By dividing 4-4, the justices left in place a lower court order forbidding the president from launching a new program to grant “deferred action” status to illegal immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or green card holders.
The high court ruling is a major blow to Obama’s effort to redeem his legacy on immigration, an issue which was pushed to the back burner early in his presidency and never regained much momentum. It also leaves Obama branded by many immigration activists as the “deporter-in-chief” for overseeing the removal of more than 2.5 million migrants from the U.S.
Obama hoped to counter those perceptions with the executive-action program he created for so-called “Dreamers” in 2012 and the new one for parents, which was set to begin early last year before a federal judge in Texas halted it.
The Supreme Court decision does not signal the beginning of a new wave of deportations since the lawsuit the justices were considering focused on the benefits Obama sought to accord to qualifying immigrants, not his administration’s right to decide priorities and timing for deportations.
However, the ruling does raise questions about the validity of “deferred action” status and work permits issued to more than 700,000 immigrants in the past four years under Obama’s program for “Dreamers,” also known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA.”