Massive Immigration Case Reaches Supreme Court
(ConservativeHub.com) – In recent years, a staggering number of migrants have poured over US borders, often illegally. In September 2021, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to seek out law-breaking migrants over more productive ones for deportation. Now, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is debating the constitutionality of his memo.
On Tuesday, November 29, SCOTUS heard oral arguments regarding a case Texas and Louisiana officials brought against the fall 2021 directive. The case followed the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas issuing a judgment halting the directive telling ICE agents to prioritize certain undocumented immigrants over others in June 2022.
The U.S. Supreme Court was once again faced with a continuing dilemma on Tuesday: How much discretion does an administration have in enforcing the nation's immigration laws?https://t.co/q2J9mjShRx
— KNKX Public Radio (@knkxfm) November 30, 2022
In their impending ruling, the Justices must decide whether the states have the legal standing to bring the lawsuit in the first place, whether ICE agents must detain noncitizens who have committed crimes, and whether the Texas District Court judge actually had the power to stop the policy last summer. This ruling could impact the power of the executive branch moving forward.
Few Americans would argue that ICE has enough resources to track down and deport every illegal immigrant in the nation. However, whether they can or should prioritize some over others remains a question the SCOTUS will answer.
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