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Obama's Immigration Executive Orders 2016

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Public Policy: Immigration
The reforms that President Obama are trying to properly execute throughout the states is changing life for immigrants today. Obama recently gave two Executive Orders, the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents for Americans), which are helping families resist separation. The big question on Obama’s immigration Executive Orders are if they are within the President’s power. It is Congress’s job to made the laws and the president’s to executive them, but with the creation of DAPA and DACA, many think that Obama is overstepping his authority.
One big reason why President Obama felt the need to create his Executive Order is because of the what happened in 2013 when the
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Texas and 25 other states fought the Obama administration recently all the way to the Supreme Court.
On Monday April 18, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Texas v United States case. “Conservative justices questioned Obama’s authority to use executive actions to shield some 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.” (de Vogue). It was noted that there are currently 11.3 million immigrants that are undocumented, and Congress had only provided the funds to remove about 4 million. During the hearing Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “It’s as if -- that the President is setting the policy and Congress is executing it. That’s just upside down.” (de Vogue). The case resulted in a tie 4-4 with all Democrats voting in favor of the programs, and all the Republicans voting against them. As a result of a tie, the Supreme Court looks to the previous hearing results, which was that the programs will remain blocked.
Immigration is an important public policy that the United States is facing today because as mentioned earlier, there are currently 11.3 undocumented immigrants. There are two things that will strongly affect these programs and the future of immigration reform. The first is the upcoming presidential election in November 2016. For example, a Democratic nominee may want to continue that work that Obama has laid out, while a Republican nominee may
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