After the latest hearing, The US Supreme Court is still closely divided in its verdict on whether or not to revive President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) with a 4-4 deadlock reached in court.
DAPA is a plan devised by Obama to prevent the deportation of approximately 4 million immigrants living in the US illegally form being deported.
Those to be considered to be spared deportation by this program are believed to:
- Have no criminal record
- Have been living in the US since at least 2010
- have children who are minors, living with them in the US
The program in question will not only spare these immigrants from possible deportation , but will aid their stay in the US, by providing them with work permits so as to help them achieve financial independence.
Although this gesture seems more than generous by the President, it is believed that it is just a simplistic way of solving the more obvious, bigger problem that the government actually lacks the resources to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the US.
The opposition Obama faces comes from the State of Texas as well as 26 other states, looking to sue Obama for the plan which is said to cost the states millions of dollars in incurred costs by having to provide drivers licences to those immigrants granted legal immigration status due to this plan.
Obama’s actions also came under fire as he was accused of overstepping his authority when the Obama administration’s executive branch set immigration policy ahead of Congress.
In particular, the part of the plan, which promised to provide work permits to all granted legal immigration status,was seen as overstepping the bounds of the Obama administrations authority and powers. Add to this, it was also considered unrealistic and could incur many other costs.
The hearing saw both sides make their cases as to what the US government has the power or does not have the power to do.
It was concluded that the government does have the power to take action to deport large groups of illegal immigrants, but cannot grant them work permits as well as other benefits to ahead of the authorizing committees who function it is to do so.
They also cannot allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country.
The next hearing to discuss the injunction further is scheduled for July 10.