SCOTUS Rejects Obama's Plea To Rehear Immigration Case

| by Ray Brown
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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a plea to reconsider President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration after a tied vote in June prevented their implementation.

The Oct. 3 decision not to rehear the case was considered a win for opponents of Obama's immigration actions, which sought to allow children of immigrants who are in the country illegally to remain in the country for three years, with the chance to prolong their stay.

Not re-examining the case means the 4-4 decision in June will be upheld and that the lower court, which ruled against Obama's executive actions, will also be upheld.

"Rewriting national immigration law requires the full and careful consideration of Congress," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who led the effort against Obama's plan, according to USA Today. "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.”

On July 18, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to reconsider the case when a ninth Supreme Court Justice would be able to deliver a tie-breaking vote, reported Reuters. But Republicans have stalled Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, and the nation's highest court remains one justice short of a full roster.

In November 2014, Obama passed the executive actions after Republicans in Congress continually stalled the administrations effort's on immigration reform.

Soon after, Texas and 25 other states sued the Obama administration, reported CNN.

In June, the Supreme Court was deadlocked at a 4-4 vote, which upheld the lower court's rulings against the executive actions.

"For more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken," Obama said after the June ruling. "And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be."

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton agreed with Obama on the 4-4 ruling, but Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has promised to be tough on immigration policies during his campaign, praised the vote.

“Clinton has pledged to expand Obama's executive amnesty, hurting poor African-American and Hispanic workers by giving away their jobs and federal resources to illegal immigrant labor -- while making us all less safe.” Trump said, reports CNN.

Sources: USA Today, Reuters, CNN / Photo credit: NCinDC/Flickr

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