The House of Representatives, or more specifically, the GOP Amicus Brief filed a number of Republicans therein, have been granted approval by the Supreme Court of the United States to write an amicus brief and present it before them.
When the case is argued before the Supreme Court on April 18, the chamber will be allowed to deliver 15 minutes of oral argument time to make its case against Obama’s immigration policies, according to the Court’s order list. The oral arguments in general will run for around 90 minutes.
Ashley Strong, a spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed the Speaker’s approval of this grant, saying “We are pleased the Supreme Court has agreed that the House of Representatives should be able to weigh in on this important question of whether the president failed in his constitutional duty to execute the law as written by Congress.”
The outcome of the case will determine whether Obama’s controversial actions to grant work permits to more than 4 million immigrants in the United States illegally will be allowed to proceed, which have been put on hold by a federal injunction for more than a year.
The programs have been under attack by several states, which spurred the House of Representatives to split among party lines in order to decide whether an amicus brief would be submitted to persuade the court. The Republicans, winning the vote, will argue the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans is an overreach of executive powers in a field of national policy properly relegated to Congress.
Specifically, the brief states: “the Executive may disagree with the laws Congress enacts and may try to persuade Congress to change them. But neither any immigration law now on the books nor the Constitution empowers the Executive to authorize — let alone facilitate — the prospective violation of those laws on a massive class-wide scale.”