News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 11, 2015: The U.S. Supreme Court has in the past two years handed President Barack Obama his biggest wins on one of the most controversial policies during his tenure as President – the Affordable Care Act or ‘Obama Care.’
Now the countdown has begun to not just the end of his term in the White House but to betting on whether the same court that handed him a win on his health care “baby” can give him and millions more, a victory on his immigration plans – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA)!
If a ruling last week is any indication, then the President may yet be able to win for undocumented immigrants and ride off into the sunset on a high – having achieved partly what he promised to deliver on immigration reform.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected a request by the state of Texas for a 30-day extension to file its opening brief on the President’s deferred-deportation policy programs.
The justices instead gave Texas an eight-day delay, heeding calls from Justice Department attorneys to keep the case on track for a potential decision by the end of the court’s term in June.
The recent decision looks promising for the administration, which has had a slew of shaving cream thrown on it by the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit. Mostly politically motivated rulings of course!
But as the administration seeks a review in the highest court of the land to prove that the President can use his executive power within the law and that Texas and 25 other states lack the legal right to challenge the program, it looks like the Republican motivated states’ bid to stop DACA and DAPA could be slapped down much like their battle over Obama Care.
If the GOP – especially those in Congress have any sense – then they will use the time between now and the Court’s case to act on immigration reform that benefits the 11 million in the shadows.
Especially since the high profile case will only dampen the Party’s already bleak chance of winning the next general election and strengthen the Democrats further.
Not that the Democrats needs further strengthening given the slew of bigoted idiots on the right.
A win in the Supreme Court will solidify the Democratic base and send immigrant voters out in overwhelming numbers come November 2016 – a move that could surely fossilize the GOP Party in the United States.
But most importantly it will help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants with no criminal records avoid deportation and let them obtain work permits and be able to travel internationally.
The executive powers of the next President also hinges on it. Let’s pray for a win for Obama and for immigrants.
The case is United States v. Texas, 15-674.