In an effort to try to provide deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., the Obama Administration has recently filed a new petition with the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS), urging the justices to revisit the case related to the executive action on immigration (United States v. Texas, No. 15-674).
In late June, the high court deadlocked on this case in a 4-4 vote. That has effectively allowed the injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to remain in place, putting the executive action on an indefinite hold.
With little progress in the appointment of a new justice to the high court, the Obama Administration, backed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is now focused on trying to move past the deadlock – and deliver its “common sense” solution to “fix America’s broken immigration system,” as the White House has explained.
Specifically, the petition filed with SCOTUS on July 18th stated that:
Ordinarily, it is exceedingly rare for this Court to grant rehearing… But when this Court has conducted plenary review and then affirmed by vote of an equally divided court because of a vacancy rather than a disqualification, the Court has not infrequently granted rehearing before a full Bench.
Backing up this request, the DOJ issued a statement via spokesperson Melanie Newman, noting that, “This filing is consistent with historical practice and reflects the need for prompt and definitive resolution of this important case.”
All Eyes Remain on SCOTUS for a Decision…
At this point, there is clearly a lot up in the air, as it remains unclear whether SCOTUS will issue a decision or official response to the Obama Administration’s request – and whether the justices will agree to revisit the case before a ninth justice is appointed to replace Antonin Scalia.
As more news about this controversial and highly watched case becomes available, we’ll bring you the latest updates here, in a future blog. In the meantime, we would like to hear your opinions and comments on this case – and the latest developments that have taken place with it – on Facebook & Google+.
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