The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case against President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which pleases politicians both for and against the order.
The nation's highest court will rule on Obama's immigration actions, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which would defer deportation proceedings against undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens, and an expanded form of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which affects young people born in other countries but raised in the U.S. Those eligible under these programs can apply for temporary legal status and work permits.
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The orders have been on hold since being challenged in federal court by 26 states, with Illinois not being among them. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been a staunch supporter of the actions, and believes it's within President Obama's authority to "set law enforcement priorities."
"What the president did is to step in when Congress failed to take up comprehensive immigration reform. We passed it in the Senate, never taken up in the House of Representatives," Durbin said.
Durbin believes the stories of undocumented immigrants who would be allowed to live and work in the U.S. under these programs will sway the Supreme Court to rule against the states challenging the actions.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) disagrees with Durbin's interpretation of the case, arguing Obama bypassed Congress and enacted what he calls "executive amnesty."
"The executive branch can grant clemencies and pardons on an individual basis, but no president is empowered to unilaterally rewrite the law. I’m confident the court will uphold the rule of law and put an end to this unconstitutional abuse of power,” Shimkus said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) echoed that stance in his statement, saying "If the president continues to sidestep Congress and govern by executive order, he should expect his actions to be challenged in court."
The Court will likely hear arguments in the case in April and issue a ruling by the end of June.'