Supreme Court deadlocks, dooming Obama deportation amnesty

by Stephen Dinan  |  published on June 24, 2016

President Obama lost his bid to kick-start his deportation amnesty Thursday after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, keeping in place a lower court’s injunction, nixing the policy for the rest of Mr. Obama’s tenure and igniting political and legal debates that will carry on well beyond.

Mr. Obama said the ruling “takes us further from the country we aspire to be,” and vowed to protect most illegal immigrants from deportation anyway, saying his discretionary powers remain intact.

But the decision is a devastating blow to his hopes of a legacy-building amnesty, known by the acronym DAPA, that would have granted as many as 5 million illegal immigrants a stay of deportation and the keys to a more normal life in the U.S.: work permits and Social Security numbers enabling them to obtain driver’s licenses and other taxpayer benefits.

The ruling could have been even worse. Had Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, still been on the court, Mr. Obama would likely have lost in a 5-4 decision that could have spanked him on broad constitutional grounds and imposed limits on future presidents, analysts said.

  • ricktenny

    Maybe it’s the fact that the president was born in a third world country and grew up in the streets of the Philippines that explains all of this. The World is full of all kinds of Countries with all kinds of wonderful leaders and Despots. We as people all want the same. We want to be safe, have our bellies full and be able to raise our families to grow and have the same or better. But just as we can’t be the Worlds Police Force, neither can we be the Worlds bread basket or Employer.
    Our president sticks his chin up in the air, shakes his finger and tells us who we aspire to be while he opens the flood gates to third world ILLEGAL immigrants and then tries to shame us with his finger pointing and lofty speeches to let our own wallow while we take on the support of those who don’t assimilate or contribute and while doing neither bring a percentage in their ranks who only want to hurt us. The president knows this and is willing to sacrifice American lives (literally) and lively hoods to achieve his vision of utopia for peoples not from here. HELLO Commander in Chief, that’s not why we hired you. If these people want better tell them to do what we and our forefathers did. Rise up! Take over! Regardless the price. Then work with no guarantee, and sacrifice that those who come after you will have better. Because that is who we are and from whence we came. Then in all your snarky wisdom you tell us your going to do it anyway? I wonder if you may be the first President sued by the People for the harm you brought to our Nation. Not yours, Ours. Perhaps if we recover you can pay off the judgement with your pension. Sorry Sorry excuse for a leader.

  • Natalie

    This isn’t enough. Saying his ‘discretionary’ powers remain intact means only one thing. He will continue to overstep his authority only now he will do it with even more vindictiveness and petulant spite. This person is a traitor. And SHOULD be treated as such.Why he’s still in office, still breaking OUR laws and ignoring OUR constitution is truly a mystery to me. The Brits showed some real backbone rejecting the EUs socialism. Why aren’t we repudiating ours?

  • ADRoberts

    It appears that most people underestimate Obama. He will just ignore the order and continue to do whatever he pleases. Who will stop him? He has to be caught. And that usually means the people who were obeying his orders have to turn him in. AIN’T HAPPENING.

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      not yet, but after Briton today it could happen.
      Interesting how we have not heard a word from the Hilda-Beast on Briton today. She is probably working on away to spin it.

  • Rodney Steward

    This is great, and is one part of his destruction that we can enjoy for a while, but still have a long way to go! This is one of the MAIN reasons why England is getting out of the EU BS, their tired of their MUSLIM problem, and the socialism of the EU also!!

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