Ever since President Obama announced his executive actions on immigration, they've been the subject of controversy, even as some of them have already gone into effect. On April 18th, the issue reached the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices seemed evenly divided on the issue. The U.S. Supreme Court can prevent the government from moving forward with these actions, and that could stall the changes so many immigrants have looked forward to. The Law Office of Carmen DiAmore-Siah, an immigration lawyer based in Honolulu, explains how the court's decision could impact immigration laws across the U.S.
While it's impossible to say exactly how the court will rule, the tenor of their questions strongly suggested a stalemate, which would leave the ruling of a lower court in place— a ruling that blocked Obama's executive actions.
One of the first questions to be addressed was that of standing, specifically whether the state of Texas had suffered damages based on the executive actions and, therefore, has a legal right to challenge the actions. Justice Kennedy, the perennial swing vote on a variety of issues, seemed to side with the state of Texas on this issue. The Supreme Court's decision on the legality of these executive actions will affect over four million people.
While not all of Obama's executive actions on immigration will be affected by the decision, the result could impact the status of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
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