6/23/16 – This is the decisions we’ve all . . . well many of us, anyway . . . have been waiting for. My Turn to Sound Off has just learned that the Supreme Court issued its decision a few minutes ago, and it blocked Obama’s illegal, unconstitutional amnesty executive order.
With the recent death of Justice Scalia, the Court is now temporarily divided, 4-4. A tie affirms a lower court decision. In this case, it affirmed a lower court block of Obama’s attempt to override the Constitution AND the Congress.
The ultra liberal Boston Globe’s headline captured it: ‘Supreme Court hands Obama crushing defeat on immigration’. The decision was handed down at 9 a.m. this morning. I’m thrilled — and relieved.
The ruling today is a win for American workers and the Constitution. The court’s decision means that immigration policy — including the power to issue work permits — still belongs to the people through their elected officials in Congress and that a president cannot unilaterally change that policy. U.S. citizens and legal immigrants in this country have been spared having to face direct job and wage competition from millions of illegal immigrants for whom President Obama had promised to open up every job in America.
Several other federal court decisions have blocked Obama’s DAPA amnesty since just before it was to take effect a little more than a year ago. The Supreme Court granted the Obama Administration a hearing on its insistence that the high court overturn the injunction that was preventing millions of illegal immigrants from being granted work permits and other benefits.
A tie vote in the Supreme Court means that lower court rulings stand. So, this was a tremendous victory for all of us.
But, keep in mind that the merits of the case brought by Texas and 25 other states against the DAPA amnesty have still not been ruled on by the lower courts, which have merely issued a temporary injunction. But now, the country can breathe easier knowing that millions of illegal migrants are not legally competing for every U.S. job while the courts move forward on the merits. Practically speaking, though, there is little chance that the case on the merits will be decided before President Obama leaves office.
Another thing: this Supreme Court decision spotlights the importance of – here it is, folks! – the next president, who will get to appoint at least one and possibly as many as three Supreme Court Justices. We must . . . absolutely must . . . have a man in the White House who will appoint Conservative Justices, strict constructionists who will not legislate from the bench.