Feds go to U.S. Supreme Court on Obama immigration actions

Just over a week after a divided appeals court panel refused to lift an injunction against President Obama's executive actions on immigration, the Obama Administration has formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, possibly setting up an election year legal clash on one of the most heated political issues in America.

In legal briefs filed on Friday with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued the Executive Branch has the sole power and authority over immigration, and that the states should not be able to block the President from moving ahead with his policy changes.

"A divided court of appeals has upheld an unprecedented nationwide injunction against implementing a federal immigration enforcement policy of great national importance, and has done so in violation of established limits on the judicial power," Verrilli argued.

The next move on this will be up to the U.S. Supreme Court; if the Justices decide to hear the case, arguments would likely be set early next year, with a decision likely by the end of June - right in the middle of the 2016 race for President.

About the Author