Georgia and 25 other states won a big lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court the other day. They successfully fought to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions granting deportation “deferrals” —in effect, amnesty— and work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens through a so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“The Supreme Court’s action leaves in place a decision affirming that President Obama cannot evade the Constitution,” Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says. “Our nation’s laws, the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government and the Constitution must be followed.”
Obama’s executive actions were halted by a federal judge in Texas and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s injunction. A 4-to-4 Supreme Court vote leaves the injunction in place.
Obama’s executive orders would have greatly expanded the DACA amnesty and the issuance of work permits to illegals. As of March 31, there were 22,729 illegal immigrants in Georgia approved for the program.
“Let’s hope this high court ruling underscores to the Obama administration, as well as to voters in the November presidential election, that this is a constitutional republic and the people through their elected representatives are the ones who make the laws in this country,” says InsiderAdvantage CEO Phil Kent, who is also a member of Georgia’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board. “There’s no room for such unilateral edicts regardless of who is president.”