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The politics surrounding the #FightForFamilies SCOTUS case


If Obama's executive order isn't shut down, a lot of undocumented immigrants will stay in the US via work permits. (Church World Service/Flickr)

The Supreme Court is ruling today on Obama's executive action on immigration, which would protect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The order created two major programs: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These programs would allow immigrants, especially immigrant families, to stay in the US.

What's DAPA?

DAPA would allow for immigrants who have lived in the country since 2010 or who have children that are American citizens or lawful permanent residents, to receive renewable work permits and exemption from deportation.

What's DACA?

And DACA protects young people who were brought into the US as a minor without legal documentation, so they can apply for a two-year work permit and defer from deportation.

(Still feeling confused? Check out our handy explainer.)

What is happening now?

The order is controversial, and the current question is whether Obama overstepped his constitutional authority.

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is now hearing the case, but the chances the eight-member Supreme Court will split is high. Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the likelihood of a 4-4 split between the judges is a major possibility. It has already happened twice since Scalia died.

Not only will the executive order leave SCOTUS split, but it is also splitting the American public.

There are people who are seriously in favor for continuing the programs.

And those who question Obama's overstepping Congress and the programs benefits themselves.

If the vote is locked, this will definitely make the issue of immigration a major factor in the presidential election. And presidential hopefuls, as well as other major political players, are already throwing their hats into the ring on the topic.

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The politics surrounding the #FightForFamilies SCOTUS case

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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