"Supreme Court to take up Obama immigration actions"

1/19/2016
CNN, 1/19/2016

"The Supreme Court announced Tuesday [January 19] that it will decide the fate of President Barack Obama's immigration actions this term.

"…The President unveiled the programs over a year ago, but federal courts blocked implementation in response to a challenge brought by Texas and 25 other states. Since then, the nearly 4.3 million immigrants who would have been eligible have been caught in legal limbo.

"The Supreme Court…will likely rule on the case by early summer. If the Court greenlights the programs that are considered a centerpiece of the President's second term, they will go into effect before he leaves office.

"…At issue is the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) aimed at the approximately 4.3 million undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, as well as an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) targeting teenagers and young adults who were born outside of the U.S. but raised in the country.

"…Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton…said that the unilateral actions are unconstitutional and that the administration also violated the Administrative Procedures Act, a law that sets fo​rth how federal agencies can establish regulations.

"…In a statement out Tuesday, Paxton said that by taking up the case, the Supreme Court 'recognizes the importance of the separation of powers.'

"…The Obama administration says that the actions are a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion and that Texas and the states lack the legal harm, called 'standing,' to challenge them in Court."

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