GOP Approves Amicus Brief in Immigration Case

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While Zuckerberg’s own brief stalls in the process, the House of Representatives has recently approved the GOP, led by Paul Ryan, to file its own amicus brief to persuade the Supreme Court in the upcoming case reviewing the president’s use of executive actions to dictate the enforceability of immigration law, U.S. v. Texas et al.

The measure passed mostly on partisan lines, with 234 Republicans for it, and 181 Democrats and five Republicans opposing it.

“This is not a question of whether we are for or against a certain policy. Members who are here making immigration policy arguments are missing the whole point here. This comes down to a much more fundamental question. It is about the integrity of our Constitution,” Ryan argued.

Meanwhile, the Democrat’s own amicus brief, signed on by more than 200 House and Senate Democrats, stalls in the process, although it is expected to fail more or less along the same party lines.

While this back-and-forth continues, more than 65 legislators in the House, mostly Democrat, move forward a bill that would expand immigration eligibility for immediate family members of U.S. citizens and allow same-sex married couples to join spouses in the United States.

The bill, known as Reuniting Families Act (RFA), was sponsored by Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.), who says the immigration reform legislation is designed to cut backlogs that separate some 4.4 million family members from U.S. citizens and green card holders.

Currently, U.S. immigration law includes immediate family members as spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21 and parents 21 years of age or older. This new bill would expand this definition to also include brothers and sisters, and also allows same sex, interfaith, or other couples that are not permitted to marry in their home country. Additionally, it exempts husbands, wives and children of green card holders from numerical caps.

Unfortunately, although a rather sensible bill as far as what it would reasonably allow, the bill would run into the same partisan roadblock the Democrat amicus brief faced.