The US Supreme Court has denied the US Department of Justice’s request to rehear US. v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama’s executive action on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Obama’s executive action was appropriate and the Court’s failure to reconsider the decision is legislation from the bench.
Immigration is a leading and contentious issue for Americans and the challenge to DAPA and DACA was a quintessential case to be reviewed by the Court. Because of the failure to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice, and the ensuing 4-4 tie in voting on whether to rehear the case, key issues are going unaddressed and sowing confusion and division.