Thursday’s decision to rescind former President Barack Obama’s quasi-amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants short-circuits litigation that could have prevented a future administration from resurrecting it.
Obama created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program in 2014, but it never took effect because a federal judge in Texas blocked it, ruling that 26 states that sued were likely ultimately to win in court. The Supreme Court split 4-4 on the question last year, leaving the preliminary injunction in place while the litigants battled it out on the merits.
The decision to revoke Obama's executive order will end that case. While some immigration hawks cheered the move, others said it opens the door for a future administration to bring it back — perhaps with a Supreme Court more favorably disposed to allowing it. ... Read the full story by Brendan Kirby.