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Immigration Politics at the Court

Posted by Steve Schram on April 18, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Originally published on April 16, 2016 on The New York Times by The Editorial Board.

In this case, 26 Republican-led states brought suit against President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. And once again, the prospect of a 4-to-4 split on the court threatens to spur widespread legal chaos by effectively giving these 26 states the power to set national immigration policy. But it need not come to that. If the justices follow their own precedent as well as longstanding practice, they should reject the plaintiffs’ absurd claim.

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