States suing Obama administration: Executive amnesty would impose costly burdens
President Obama last year unveiled plans to shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, an executive action on hold for a final ruling from the Supreme Court after a federal judge ruled 26 states have legitimate objections to the president’s executive-amnesty plans.
Some legal experts argue the administration will have the upper hand because the high court has traditionally given wide latitude to the Executive Branch when it comes to immigration law.
“This is an area where it is clearly the prerogative of the federal government to set immigration policy and the executive in particular to basically have the discretion on enforcement, which is what the president is arguing,” said Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, an associate professor at UCLA and director of the school’s North American Integration and Development Center.
The states suing the administration see things differently. They argue the president’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would impose huge burdens, with additional costs for healthcare, law enforcement and education.
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