Less than a month after the 2014 election that saw Republicans take control of the Senate, Barack Obama issued an executive memo known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The memo calls for the delayed deportation and issuing of work permits to millions of illegal aliens. The number of illegals covered by the executive memo was estimated to be around 5 million. Shortly after Obama issued the executive memo, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expanded the terms of the memo. His expansion was estimated to keep a total of 10 to 20 million illegals in the US.
Texas filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s DACA memo. It didn’t take long for 25 other states to join the Texas lawsuit. They not only question the legality of DACA but they argue that it will cost the states millions of dollars and that the memo provides no federal funding to cover those costs, placing an undue financial burden upon the states.
Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction against the delayed deportation. Obama administration attorneys have spent most of this year trying to get the injunction overturned. The case moved to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction by a 2-1 vote. Their decision is being understood by many that the lawsuit to stop DACA has merit and that there is a good chance that Obama’s executive memo will be deemed illegal or unconstitutional.
At this point, the Obama administration has two options – appeal to the US Supreme Court or rescind the executive memo. Since Obama has never backed down or admitted that he has been wrong about anything, it seems that his taking it to the US Supreme Court is the mostly likely action he will take next.
He can’t give up because the Democratic Party needs the illegal votes of millions of illegals if they have any chance of winning back any power from the Republicans. DACA not only offers a delayed deportation but it grants work permits to millions of illegals. With work permits in hand, illegals will be able to obtain valid state driver’s licenses and with a driver’s license it’s easy for them to register to vote even though it’s illegal for them to do so.
Some states run by liberal Democrats are making it easier for illegals to vote illegally by passing laws that automatically registers everyone to vote who obtains or renews a driver’s license or obtains a valid state ID card.
In 2012, Obama beat Mitt Romney by nearly 5 million votes. Adding another 5-10 million votes cast by illegals voting Democratic, it will make it harder for any Republican to defeat Hillary come next November. For this reason alone, Obama cannot afford to back off his push to make DACA law.
But will an appeal to the US Supreme Court happen in time to make Obama’s plan work? In order to get the millions of illegals registered to vote, a Supreme Court ruling would have to be made no later than early summer. The other question is how likely is it that the Supreme Court will rule in Obama’s favor? We know that there are four very liberal judges on the bench that will side with Obama and 4 conservatives who will uphold the Constitution and vote against Obama. Like the individual mandate, the deciding vote will most likely be left in the hands of Chief Justice John Roberts, who has voted more liberal than conservative over the past couple of years.
Whether people realize it or not, the very future of America rests upon what the Supreme Court does in this matter. If they do what’s right, they’ll rule against DACA and Obama, but if they rule in Obama’s favor it could be one of the final nails in America’s coffin.