Supreme Court split spells end for Obama immigration order

  • 23 June 2016
  • NormanL
Supreme Court split spells end for Obama immigration order

The Supreme Court issued a batch of opinions this week, and one of them, at least, stopped an Obama initiative dead in its tracks:

The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 Thursday over a challenge to President Barack Obama's immigration policy, a result that prevents the administration from putting the program into effect during the rest of his term. 

The split was reflected in a one-sentence statement from the court: "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court." 

Announced in late 2014, the policy sought to shield more than 4 million people — mostly Latinos — from deportation. But lower courts blocked its implementation after Texas and 25 other states sued, claiming the president had no power to order the changes.

Regardless of one's stance on immigration, the President's use of executive orders to acheive what he could not get through the Congress is simply wrong.
The executive branch enforces the nation's laws -- it does not make them up on its own. For now, the doctrine of separation of powers is still with us.