President Obama issued two immigration-related orders late in 2014. One legalized the status of a large number of undocumented younger people. They would be able to go to school and work. The second allowed many of the undocumented parents of children born in the U.S. to stay.
Many states claimed the president did not have the right to issue the orders. Lower federal courts agreed with the states. The cases before the Court are the United States vs. Texas.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the cases. Advocates for immigrants are gathering in Washington, D.C.
They are conducting a campaign to shape public opinion. One strategy is through a website titled https://www.fightforfamilies.org/. The website of another group supporting immigration reform is http://www.fwd.us/. Some big tech names are behind the pro immigrant movement. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is one of them.
There is a great deal of opposition to the president’s reforms. Leading the fight is http://www.fairus.org/. This group believes President Obama went beyond his presidential powers with his orders. Its director has said the president cannot give rights to the undocumented. Only Congress can.
It is well known the Congress has refused to pass immigration reform. The president said he acted only after Congress refused to do so.
The new rules could have a large affect. They may reach about half of the eleven million undocumented people in the United States.
Groups for and against the new rules have a goal. They want to influence the decision of the Supreme Court. The justices are independent, but they hear what the people are saying. The Court will reach a decision around June of this year.
The case is about the powers of the president. The Court may agree the president was acting within his rights. If that happens, Republicans Trump and Cruz said they would tear up the Obama reforms if elected.
Democrats Clinton and Sanders would keep the new rules in place.
For now, it is up to the Supreme Court.
Source: The Wall Street Journal April 17, 2016