Obama asks Supreme Court to reinstate pro-immigrant measures

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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 Obama administration has formally appealed a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the roll-out of immigration initiatives that would have shielded up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation, Reuters reports.

Verrilli wrote, “that ruling will allow states to frustrate the federal government’s enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.” The case, United States v. 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. The White House also said it would expand a 2012 program — DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) — benefiting undocumented young immigrants who had been brought to the U.S. as children.

Obama that allowed parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents to apply for a program sparing them from deportation and allowing them to work. “Without work authorization,” Mr. If the court agrees to hear and decide the case by late June, and if the justices side with the administration, that would leave roughly seven months in Obama’s presidency to implement his plans. Verrilli wrote of the people eligible for the program, “they are more likely to work for employers who will hire them illegally, often at below-market wages, thereby hurting American workers and giving unscrupulous employers an unfair advantage.” The first anniversary of Mr.

The Department of Homeland Security, which enforces many immigration laws, says it lacks the resources to deport the millions of illegal immigrants presently within the U.S. “More than 11 million removable aliens are estimated to live in the U.S. 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. To mark it, immigrant and Latino groups planned to vent their frustration with the appeals court’s ruling in marches and rallies at more than two dozen places around the country, including Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; and Miami.

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. A day after the House overwhelmingly backed onerous hurdles for Syrian refugees, White House officials said President Barack Obama’s intention to veto the bill hadn’t wavered, even though it passed with a veto-proof majority — including 47 members of his own party. John Cornyn, R-Texas, renewed criticisms after the Obama administration’s latest appeal. “The President clearly acted outside the law when he went around Congress to unilaterally change our nation’s immigration laws, and I’m confident the State of Texas will ultimately prevail in this case,” he said in a statement. Feinstein and Flake hope to force anyone who has been in Iraq or Syria in the past five years to go through the traditional visa process, including an in-person interview, fingerprinting and tamper-proof passport security.

Smith, writing for the majority, said the states had standing to challenge the program, citing a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said Massachusetts and other states were entitled to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its refusal to regulate motor vehicle emissions contributing to climate change. Feinstein has said she plans to introduce the bill after Thanksgiving, calling the visa waiver program “the soft underbelly of our national security policies.” Obama’s newfound focus on visa changes marked an effort to subdue momentum for the refugee bill following the White House’s failed lobbying effort in the House. Some Democrats briefed on the refugee screening process by Obama’s chief of staff and Homeland Security secretary emerged far from impressed, leading to Thursday’s 289-137 vote to undermine the president’s program.

But that program has been plunged into uncertainty following the Paris attacks that killed 129 and stoked deep fears across the West about terrorism being exported from Syria, where the long-raging civil war has fueled the Islamic Stage group’s rise. Defenders of the House bill, including some Democrats, have described its changes as fairly modest: mandatory FBI background checks and individual sign-offs by top U.S. officials.

He found that notice and comment were required because the program was categorical notwithstanding the administration’s assertion that it required case-by-case determinations. In dissent, Judge Carolyn Dineen King said the majority’s decision to reach and rule on that issue was at odds with “prudence and judicial economy.” “It bars,” Mr.

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