Obama administration asks top court to revive immigration plan

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Immigration Policy.

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Friday to reinstate its plan to give temporary relief from deportation to more than four million illegal immigrants, filing a speedy appeal with the hope of getting a ruling before the end of President Barack Obama’s second term. The request for Supreme Court review is a major development in the Department of Justice’s drive to save Obama’s immigration plan and see the programs enacted before he leaves office. The rally, and similar gatherings outside the White House and across the country, are being held on the first anniversary of Obama’s announcement that he would take executive action to defer deportations for qualified parents of U.S.-born children and for certain younger undocumented immigrants.

Supreme Court hearing on his plan to shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, setting up the prospect of a politically charged court battle next year. The government moved unusually quickly, filing its appeal just a week after a federal appeals court agreed with Texas and 25 other states opposed to the plan. Otherwise the case would have to wait to be heard until October 2016, at the earliest, which would mean a decision likely wouldn’t come until after Mr.

The president’s proposal was challenged in court by a group of state governors, who said he was overstepping his legal authority and unduly burdening states. Obama leaves office and a new president has a chance to undo his moves. “Appealing to defend the expansion of deferred action is the least the Administration can do on immigration,” said Marisa Franco, director of the #Not1More Campaign that wants to halt deportations. “The Department of Justice should be investigating the civil rights crisis at DHS that’s unfolding with no one watching. The program applies to people who have been in the country since 2010 and have a child who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, as well as people brought to the U.S. as children.

ICE’s abuses constitute a fire that only the DOJ can put out.” The amnesty, known officially as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or DAPA, was the marquee part of a series of executive actions Mr. The administration contends that, as in other law-enforcement matters, it has discretion to prioritize some deportations over others, and that the program would allow federal agencies to focus their efforts on aliens more likely to threaten public safety.

And it will place a cloud over the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who came to the United States as children, have lived here for years, and been accorded deferred action.” The plan, announced exactly one year ago today, would allow people here illegally to remain if they have children who are citizens or permanent residents. Texas maintains the administration’s plan places burdens on it, for example, by forcing it to issue drivers licenses to aliens who would have a temporary reprieve. The judge said DHS should have followed the “notice and comment” process used for most regulations, in which an agency proposes a rule, the public and interested parties can file their opinions and recommendations regarding the proposal, and the agency then issues a final rule. The majority also said the plan runs afoul of federal immigration law and its rules governing how parents may change their classification based on a child’s status. Obama insists he’s only expanding on the types of policies previous presidents have overseen — though his administration admits the size of his program is unprecedented.

Judge Andrew Hanen, a staunch and highly vocal opponent to Obama’s philosophy on immigration policy, placed a preliminary injunction on the executive actions and zinged the administration on minor procedural rules for not allotting sufficient time for public comment. The administration’s efforts to appeal the injunction were blocked by the Fifth Circuit Court, leaving millions of undocumented families in legal limbo for a year now.

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