Supreme Court will review Obama’s immigration executive actions

Daily News Article - January 20, 2016


NOTE TO STUDENTS: This is a controversial issue for many Americans. Be polite to those with whom you disagree when discussing these types of issues and always give the other person a chance to explain his/her point of view. Also, learn how to recognize when it is no longer productive to discuss an issue on which you strongly disagree.

1. Define the following as used in the article:

2. Put the following events in the order in which they occur:

  1. A court of appeals upheld the injunction blocking the administration’s immigration initiative
  2. President Obama imposes an executive action to prevent 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from being deported
  3. The Obama administration filed an appeal asking the Supreme Court to overturn the lower courts’s decision
  4. A federal judge put a temporary hold on the President’s executive actions
  5. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the Obama administration’s appeal
  6. Twenty-six states challenge President Obama’s executive action in court

3. List the three arguments used by the Obama administration in its appeal to the Supreme Court.

4. What would President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration actually do? (Who is included? Be specific.) See para. 6, 8

5. Read the explanation of executive orders/executive actions/executive memoranda. What did President Obama’s executive memoranda do? See para. 7

6. Why did the courts side with Texas over the Obama administration’s argument that states don’t have the right to challenge the administration’s plan in federal court?

7. What other issue have the justices said they will consider when deciding the appeal?