The Supreme Court, through a tie vote in June, let stand a lower court’s ruling on President Obama’s 2014 executive amnesty. That ruling effectively blocked the administration from carrying out the order, which would have given millions of illegal immigrants immunity from deportation. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided they would not reconsider the case next year, meaning – in all likelihood – this is the last we’ll have to hear about Obama’s dangerously unconstitutional actions.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who deserves credit for stopping the illegal actions through a multi-state lawsuit, said he was pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“Rewriting national immigration law requires the full and careful consideration of Congress,” he said. “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.”
Obama’s admirers had hoped the Court would review the case again in 2017, after the new president had nominated someone for the 9th seat – left vacant by Antonin Scalia’s death in February. But the Court decided they’d heard enough about Obama’s lawless actions and kicked the case back to federal district court. There, under the guidance of the judge who blocked the order in the first place, DAPA will almost certainly wither and die.
According to USA Today, Obama’s Solicitor General, Ian Gershengorn, had hoped for a different outcome. “The validity of the (immigration policy) is unlikely to arise in any future case,” he said in a petition to the Court. “This court instead should be the final arbiter of these matters through a definitive ruling.”
Uh-huh. So the ruling of a federal district court judge is not good enough, but the ruling of the president is? Interesting. Or is it simply that anyone can have the final say…as long as they agree with Barack Obama? Hmm.
Nevertheless, count this one as a big victory for America and the rule of law. Experts can argue back and forth about the practical effects of Obama’s order, the viable alternatives, and the concept of amnesty in general, but the problem here went beyond illegal immigration. Even if Obama’s order had applied to only one lonely Mexican in Southern California, it would have been just as illegal and just as worthy of being shut down.
But this decision won’t solve our country’s immigration crisis.
To do that, we have to vote.