As of Thursday, June 30, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. A deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court this morning upheld an appellate ruling blocking President Obama’s deferred deportation plan for parents of “anchor babies.”
In a 4-4 split, justices let stand a lower court decision in the U.S. v. Texas case challenging the president’s unilateral decision not to deport illegal immigrants who come to the U.S., have children and stay without permission.
Texas led the 26-state challenge to Obama’s attempted executive action that violated the U.S. Constitution and circumvented Congress.
At issue was whether illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. and had anchor babies would be exempt from deportation and granted work authorizations.
Texas and the other states argued that the failure of the federal government to protect the nation’s borders and deport illegals was creating an undue financial burden on U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.
While Washington state was not among the challengers, the organization Grassroots of the Yakima Valley says illegal immigrants are costing taxpayers nationally.
According to the organization’s website, more than $11 billion in welfare benefits are is being paid to illegals. The organization claims $2.2 billion is spent on food stamps and free school lunches, $2.5 billion on Medicaid, $12 billion on educating children who do not speak English, $17 billion on “anchor babies” and more.
Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, called this morning’s high court ruling apropos.
“The Supreme Court’s decision reflects the separation of powers principle in our Constitution that Congress writes the laws, and the President enforces those laws,” Newhouse said. “The American people expect Congress to work together to secure our borders, adhere to the rule of law, offer a humane solution to those living in the shadows, modernize our visa system, and bolster the economy.”
The court decision leaves illegal immigrants nationwide — including the Lower Yakima Valley — in deportation limbo.