Obama Executive Actions On Immigration Reform May Be Unstoppable


Even if President Obama tests the bounds of his power with big, unilateral moves he's promising on immigration, there may be no way to stop him, reports Politico. Lawyers are debating the legality of a series of immigration-related executive actions the White House is reportedly considering, but there's broad agreement suing the president isn't likely to work. “The court route: I don't see it,” said Jan Ting, a top immigration official under President George H.W. Bush who opposes Obama's expected moves.

Legal experts see any challenge to immigration policy changes headed for the same roadblock facing House Speaker John Boehner's planned suit over Obamacare implementation delays: finding a way to show the injury needed to press a case in the federal courts. Responding to inaction in the House on immigration reform, Obama has signaled to immigrants' rights advocates he plans to take significant new executive actions to overhaul the immigration system. They could range from reordering the priority list of deportation cases to dramatically expanding the “deferred action” program he started in 2012, which allows immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to apply for a two-year deportation reprieve.

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