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U.S. Supreme Court might take on Obama immigration executive action

The legality of an executive action taken by Obama may soon be under scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court, which was set to meet today to determine whether to hear the case. The executive action called for protection of over 4 million immigrants from deportation. The appeal involves a 2014 executive order passed after Congress was unable to approve bipartisan legislation dealing with the matter.

The executive action was specially aimed at immigrants without criminal records whose children are American citizens. The order would allow such individuals to work in the United States and receive certain federal benefits, though states would not be required to provide any benefits. 

Republican lawmakers disapproved of the president’s efforts to bypass Congress in passing the measure, and the order ended up being blocked by lower courts based on the argument that the president went beyond the scope of his constitutional powers. The decisions have been criticized on the grounds that it effectively allows states to prevent the federal government from enforcing immigration laws. The question, though, is whether the executive action was mere enforcement of immigration laws, or a rewriting of the same.

Should the executive order eventually win approval, it will afford relief to many families. Under current immigration law, family-based immigration allows U.S. citizens or legal residents to obtain legal resident status for family members. Immediate family members are not the only persons who can benefit from family-based immigration. Those who are interested in looking more into how their family might benefit from this aspect of immigration law should contact an experienced attorney to have their case evaluated. 

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