The politics surrounding the #FightForFamilies SCOTUS case
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.
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.
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.
— Xavier Becerra (@RepBecerra) April 18, 2016
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) April 18, 2016
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) April 18, 2016
And those who question Obama's overstepping Congress and the programs benefits themselves.
#FightForFamilies? What about our own children, our own families? Why should we care about invaders and give away our nation?
— Kurisu Kitsune (@Kurisu_Kitsune) April 18, 2016
— Cristina Laila (@cristinalaila1) April 18, 2016
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.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 18, 2016
As a nation built by immigrants, we must strive for humane immigration policies that unify families, not tear them apart. #FightForFamilies
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 18, 2016
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) April 18, 2016
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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.