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Supreme Court may be split on immigration case

There are likely immigrants living in South Carolina who will be affected by the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Texas. The case concerns the lawsuit that was filed against President Obama after he attempted to issue executive orders on immigration. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case on April 18, and analysts say it looks like the judges are split in a 4-4 tie.

With eight justices on the Supreme Court right now, the decision in U.S. v. Texas could be a tie. If the Supreme Court is equally divided on the case, the ruling that was made by the lower court will stand, and Obama's executive actions on immigration will be ruled unconstitutional.

One of the issues in the case concerns Obama's program Deferred Action to Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. The program would make an explicit decision to delay deportations for undocumented immigrants who have U.S. citizen or permanent resident children. Not only would the program delay deportation for these immigrants, it would also allow them to work legally in the United States. Some of the justices on the Supreme Court did not like that the executive actions would give undocumented immigrants temporary legal status in the country. However, the main question in the case is whether the president has the legal authority to issue these executive actions.

An undocumented immigrant who would qualify for the DAPA program may want to talk to an immigration attorney about what to do right now. While it is unclear whether the program will be implemented, an attorney can help people to determine if they qualify for another program that could delay their deportation or help their family members to obtain green cards.

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