With just a little over a month before the presidential election, the Supreme Court finally struck down an attempt by President Barack Obama to revive his executive amnesty, which previously was blocked by a lower court.
The refusal to re-hear Obama’s arguments for his program left in place a previous 4-4 decision and SCOTUS’ injunction against its implementation.
This is good in that the order remained blocked, but the case could be revisited in the future.
According to The Washington Times, when the justices originally decided a case on Obama’s executive amnesty in June, the vote was split, with four justices in favor and the other four against.
If Hillary Clinton were to win the election and nominate a liberal justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the court could rehear the case and this time vote in favor, 5-4. This would be devastating for conservatives.
Throughout the remainder of the election season though, this would not be a concern and the credit for this victory goes to states like Texas, which had teamed up to challenge Obama’s executive amnesty in federal court.
Whether this decision will affect illegal immigration is unclear though, since the White House was prioritizing the deportation of criminals and recent border-crossers to avoid deporting anybody else.
This means that the president was still getting away with protecting many illegal immigrants from deportation, which includes his “Dreamers.” For this to change, Donald Trump would have to win the 2016 election.