CAPS — I’m in Washington D.C. for the week, and anxiously awaited the Supreme Court decision on United States v. Texas that would decide whether President Obama’s deferred action amnesties for approximately five million aliens would go forward.
The 4-4 vote announced today means that Texas District Judge Andrew Hanen’s original lower district court decision, upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, that temporarily enjoined Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of American citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, DAPA, remains in place. The Court’s per curium decision read: “The judgement is affirmed in an equally divided court.” The case will now return to Judge Hanen to ultimately be decided on its merits.
Had the U.S. prevailed, American workers and national sovereignty would have been dealt serious setbacks. The amnestied illegal immigrants would have been granted work authorization documents, dramatically expanded the available labor force, and made already scarce jobs harder for citizens to find. An Obama win would also have reinforced the commonly held perception among global would-be illegal immigrants that their goal should merely be get to the U.S. and then await the inevitable amnesty.
• WHAT NOW FOR U.S. V. TEXAS? — CIS