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Supreme Court takes up immigration case with broad implications for Florida



WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could have broad ramifications among Florida’s undocumented immigrant community.

At issue in United States vs. Texas is a challenge to President Obama’s executive action to defer deportation of parents of legal U.S. residents. The 2014 program, known as DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, came after Obama granted temporary legal status to younger immigrants in 2012, many of them in Florida.

Republicans say Obama overstepped his legal authority while immigration advocates and Democrats say bringing people out of the shadows makes sense from a legal and economic perspective. 

In Florida, 163,000 to 183,000 people could be eligible, according to experts.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joined 42 Republicans senators in a friend of the court petition supporting Texas.

It states, in part: “Given that the Executive has asserted that the acts challenged here are not even subject to judicial review, what is at stake in this matter is nothing less than an effort to supplant Congress’s constitutional power to ‘establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Such an action stands in stark contravention to federal law and to the constitutional principle of the separation of powers.”

[Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2016 11:34am]


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