Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument for Obama Executive Order Immigration Case

On Friday, March 4, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments in the case over President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions. According to the newly released Supreme Court calendar, the Justices will hear oral argument in the immigration executive action dispute on April 18, 2016. The case is one of the most closely watched cases at the high court this term and has the potential to affect an estimated 4.4 million immigrants. The announcement came three days after the Obama administration filed its brief in the case urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Fifth Circuit's decision blocking the President's executive actions, saying a group of more than two dozen states lack standing to challenge the policies. The blocked immigration initiatives at issue would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, for foreign nationals who entered the U.S. as children, and would create a similar program for certain immigrant parents without legal status called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents or DAPA. Under both programs, eligible individuals could apply for delayed deportation and work permits for three year periods. After Obama unveiled the immigration initiatives in late 2014, twenty-six states secured a preliminary injunction against the policies from a Texas federal judge, and a divided Fifth Circuit panel upheld the injunction on November 9, 2015. The Obama Administration quickly took the case to the Supreme Court, and in January the Justices agreed to hear the appeal.