The Supreme Court will weigh whether President Barack Obama has the authority to grant deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.
The Washington Post reports that the Supreme Court
will issue a ruling in June. If they rule in Obama's favor, deportation relief will be granted before the president leaves office.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (the Lone Star State leads a 26-state coalition that opposes the president's immigration plan) says there are limits to Obama's authority.
“In deciding to hear this case, the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of the separation of powers. As federal courts have already ruled three times, there are limits to the President’s authority, and those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded when the President unilaterally sought to grant ‘lawful presence’ to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens who are in this country unlawfully," Paxton says in a statement. "The Court should affirm what President Obama said himself on more than 20 occasions: that he cannot unilaterally rewrite congressional laws and circumvent the people’s representatives.”
DAPA would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits if they've been here for five years without any felonious behavior.