The U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case probing the limits of presidential powers as the justices weigh whether President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he took unilateral action to protect millions of people who were in the country illegally from being deported. Mana Rabiee reports.
The Supreme Court is to decide whether President Obama overstepped the limits of his presidential powers in November, 2014, when he announced unilateral executive action to protect 4 million illegal immigrants from being deported, and giving them the right to work. The move bypassed opposition from the Republican-led Congress, and now pits Obama against 26 states -- led by Texas. They say Obama exceeded his presidential powers under the Constitution by usurping the authority of Congress. In particular, Texas says IT will bear the financial burden of Obama's decision. Because it has to create driver's licenses for many of those illegal immigrants, costing the state millions of dollars. Conservative justice Antonin Scalia died in February… so the court is evenly divided … with four liberal justices …. and four conservatives. That raises the possibility of a 4-to-4 split. In which case, the Supreme Court would leave in place a lower-court ruling from 2015 that threw OUT Obama's executive action. The immigration case is one of the Supreme Court's biggest this year. It comes as top Republican presidential candidates call for deporting all of the 11 million illegal immigrants thought to be living in the U.S. illegally. A ruling is expected by the end of June.