Seeds: In November of 2014, President Obama tested the limits of his executive power by declaring 4 million illegal immigrants spared from deportation and granted them the right to find work in the US. The action bypassed Congress, but the conversation about it is resurfacing as Texas, along with 25 other states, attempts to sue the President on the grounds that he overstepped his executive powers.
Core: These states, specifically Texas, are particularly upset because they are being forced to carry an unwanted financial burden as a result of Obama’s actions. The Supreme Court is now in the middle of debating whether or not President Obama’s actions are justified.
Skin: As predicted, the justices who tend to choose a more liberal stance seem to be backing Obama’s actions, while justices whom often favor more conservative courses of action are not. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have demonstrated their support for Obama’s immigration policy by standing out on the supreme court steps, proudly declaring their willingness to aid immigrants.
Leaves: As most recent Supreme Court cases have shown, due to Justice Scalia’s death and Congress’s subsequent refusal to accept Obama’s nomination (Judge Merrick Garland), the ruling will most likely be inconclusive. If the decisions ends in a 4-4 deadlock (which has already happened in other cases since Scalia’s death), the President’s plan may be doomed. While some have predicted that this will be the outcome, we will not know officially until the end of June when the ruling is due.
Food For Thought: What do you think about the immigration plan? Was it right of President Obama to overstep his presidential powers? Did he truly overstep them in the first place? Do you think we should accept 4 million immigrants into the country?