Today, Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States gave a legal “slap” to President Obama and inflicted great disappointment, anxiety and heartbreak on millions of families in the U.S.
The Supreme Court did not overturn a previous decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which blocked President Obama’s DAPA program. Four Supreme Court judges voted to overturn the previous decision (and to approve the DAPA Program) and four judges voted to leave the previous “block” in place. This stalemate, or “draw”, means that the previous decision stays in force – and there will be no DAPA program.
The DAPA program was intended for certain illegal aliens who are parents of American citizen children. DAPA beneficiaries would have been protected from deportation for three years and also given Employment Authorization cards for the same three years. The government estimated that the number of DAPA beneficiaries could be between 4 and 5 million illegal aliens. The Supreme Court non-decision means that these millions of families would have to keep living their precarious lives as before.
President Obama already gave a speech expressing his anger and disappointment. He should be angry – first of all – with himself: In the first two years of his administration he had a majority in Congress and he could have passed the much desired Comprehensive Immigration Reform. He did not even try to do it.