Wednesday, June 8, 2016

If Obama's immigration actions are upheld, what's left of Congress?

Via sauced07

Congress may lose much of its authority over immigration this month.

For decades, the Supreme Court has held that authority over immigration is shared between the political branches — the legislative and the executive. But if the court sides with the Obama administration in United States v. Texas, that balance will forever be upset and Congress will find itself with little recourse. Put another way, if the White House wins, the voters will have greater difficultly shaping immigration policy through congressional elections, and petitioning Congress on immigration will serve little purpose.

There's a central reason why President Obama went around Congress and decreed his controversial Deferred Action programs: He couldn't get them through the legislative process because they are unpopular with the public. The people's elected representatives have rejected amnesty on two occasions in recent years: The McCain-Kennedy bill went down in flames in 2007 and a few years later, the Schumer-Rubio bill was similarly defeated. The DREAM Act was also repeatedly introduced but repeatedly failed to gain traction. Americans simply have little interest in returning to a failed idea of the past now that it's clear mass legalization only encourages more illegal immigration.

More @ The Hill

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