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Supreme Court ruling on immigration may spur more challenges....


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Supreme Court ruling on immigration may spur more challenges
Supreme Court ruling on immigration may spur more challenges

WASHINGTON — "President Obama's last-ditch effort to offer more than 4 million undocumented immigrants protection from deportation reaches a short-handed Supreme Court on Monday, but the eight justices may not have the final word.

A tie vote would hand a victory to Texas and 25 other states that have successfully blocked the program in lower courts, but it could unleash new challenges. States and cities who favor the program could try to fight the nationwide injunction imposed by a lone judge on the Mexican border and upheld by the nation's most conservative federal appeals court.

“Basically, you’d have a judicial mess," says David Leopold, an immigration attorney and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. "You’d have absolute chaos in the courts."

A ruling for Obama that allows millions of undocumented immigrants to apply for "deferred action" status and work permits could be short-lived if Donald Trump or Ted Cruz wins the White House and ends the program next year. And it could fuel future federal-state battles over executive actions.............

....The showdown over Obama's immigration plan at the end of his second term is in many ways a mirror image of the battle over his health care law at the end of his first term. In that case, Chief Justice John Roberts handed the president a major victory by a bare 5-4 majority in the midst of his re-election campaign...........

.............Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy are the most likely to tip the balance, possibly by ruling that Texas does not have the right to sue the federal government over immigration policy based solely on the potential costs of issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants........

IMO ..........I see a 5-3 ruling for Obama............ and there will be a whole lot of GOP Senators with egg on their face by not having a confirmation hearing............No matter what they try........the GOP always out-foxes itself all the time....... +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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