Thursday, June 23, 2016

Obama decries Supreme Court decision - The Hill

President Obama on Thursday decried a Supreme Court deadlock that effectively killed his landmark executive actions on immigration.

In a statement from the White House, he defended the sweeping actions as necessary to help fix the country's immigration system in the face of congressional inaction.

"The fact the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be," he said.

Obama sought to act unilaterally to protect millions of parents of U.S. citizen and permanent-resident children from deportation and expand a similar program that applied to young undocumented immigrants.

But the high court tied 4-4, leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked the programs from taking effect.

Obama said deadlock is "heartbreaking" and "frustrating" for the more than 4 million people who could have benefitted from the program.

Obama all but conceded the court's tie ended the fight over immigration reform during his presidency, but he called the fall contests a referendum on "who we're going to be as a country."

"We're going to have to make a decision about whether we are a people who tolerate the hypocrisy of a system where the workers who pick our fruit or make our beds never have the chance to get right with the law, or whether we're going to give them a chance, just like our forbearers had a chance, to take responsibility and give their kids a better future," he said.

"Sooner or later, immigration reform will get done," the president predicted.  "Congress is not going to be able to ignore America forever."

"If you keep on blocking judges from getting on the bench then courts can't issue decisions, what that means is you're going to have the status quo frozen and we're not going to make progress on important issues," Obama said.

"It is my firm belief that immigration is not something to fear," he said. "We don't have to wall ourselves off from those who may not look like us right now or pray like we do or have a different last name. ... What makes us Americans [is] our shared commitment to an ideal that all of us are created equal, all of us have a chance to make of our lives what we will." - Read More
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