Minutes after the a Supreme Court deadlock left in place a lower court ruling that blocked his executive fiat granting legal residency to illegal immigrants, Obama said, the ruling does not substantially change the status quo and won’t alter enforcement priorities, which means he will not deport those in the country illegally despite the law.
Deportations were down 25 percent in 2015.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling makes the president’s executive action on immigration null and void,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement. “The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws — only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers.”
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who joined the suit against the Obama executive order, said in an email statement, “Today’s decision is yet another example of halting the president’s attempt to dictate in areas where the Constitution does not allow him to, and puts this decision back into its rightful place of Congress. The president has consistently acted outside of his constitutional authority, be it with regard to healthcare, education, environmental policy, land use regulation, recess appointments or labor rules. Hopefully this decision will yet again signal to this president that he cannot act unilaterally within our constitutional system simply because Congress in his view, ‘fails to act.’”
But his executive actions still defy the law and the court.