Obama Appeals to Supreme Court for Immigration

According to the Washington Post the Obama Administration is reaching out to the Supreme Court for immigration help: “Obama administration to seek Supreme Court involvement in immigration case.”

The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court injunction that has held up a new program that potentially would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The decision to take the case to the high court comes a day after a federal appeals panel ruled against the administration, keeping the new program on hold nearly a year after President Obama announced it.

“The Department of Justice remains committed to taking steps that will resolve the immigration litigation as quickly as possible,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the agency. “The Department disagrees with the Fifth Circuit’s adverse ruling and intends to seek further review from the Supreme Court of the United States. “

It must be hard for Barack Obama to learn his pen and phone might not be as powerful as he boasted they were. He spoke confidently about what he would do “if Congress didn’t act.” But now judges are telling him he’s (gasp!) limited in what he can do!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said the administration had not provided adequate public notice before attempting to change federal enforcement policies after Obama announced the program through executive action. The decision, by a 2-to-1 margin, was a setback for the president.

“Thanks to the Fifth Circuit, the injunction on the President’s unlawful maneuvering to implement his own policies, without regard for Congress, the law or American workers remains in place,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who opposed a comprehensive immigration reform bill approved by the Senate in 2013. That bill died in the Republican-controlled House last year, prompting Obama to act unilaterally.

It’s about time that someone reminded the President that the Constitution doesn’t allow him to unilaterally enact laws!