Barack Obama got some very bad news from the Supreme Court on Monday when his bid to save his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits ran into trouble.
According to Reuters, the highest court in the land appeared to be divided during the 90 minutes of arguments in the case brought by 26 states led by Texas to block Obama’s unilateral 2014 executive action that bypassed Congress. Though the four liberal justices appeared to support Obama on this, the four conservatives appeared skeptical.
A 4-4 deadlock decision would be a brutal defeat for Obama, as it would uphold lower court rulings that threw out his action last year and destroyed his goal of revamping a U.S. immigration policy he calls broken.
In order to win, Obama needs the support of at least one of the conservative judges, probably Chief Justice John Roberts or Anthony Kennedy. Each of these justices hit the Obama administration’s lawyer, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, with tough questions.
Kennedy voiced concerns that Obama had exceeded his authority by having the executive branch set immigration policy instead of carrying out laws passed by Congress.
“It’s as if the president is setting the policy and the Congress is executing it. That’s just upside down,” Kennedy said.
A decision in this case is due by the end of June. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.