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High Court Dashes Obama’s Amnesty Plans

illegalimmigrationPresident Barack Obama attempted to circumvent the U.S. Congress and rewrite immigration law to grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens.

A deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court just ended his plans. The split ruling upholds a lower court ruling that the president doesn’t have the authority to write laws.

The Legislative Branch writes laws, and the Executive Branch enforces them.

From Fox:

The judgment could have significant political and legal consequences in a presidential election year highlighted by competing rhetoric over immigration. As the ruling was announced from the bench, pro-immigration activists filled the sidewalk in front of the court, some crying as the ruling became public. Critics of the policy touted the ruling as a strong statement against “executive abuses.”

Speaking Thursday from the White House, Obama said the split decision also underscores the importance of the current court vacancy and the appointment of a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat, to “break this tie.” So far, Senate Republicans have not considered Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

A coalition of 26 states, led by border state Texas, sued the federal government over the amnesty plan.

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