Obama takes immigration row to the High Court

By Thomas Patrick O'Brien

23 November 2015 at 09:03 BST

The US Department of Justice has formally appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the court order that has blocked the president's executive policy on immigration.

Brandon Bourdages

Resistance to immigration reform amongst Congress Republicans has stymied the execution of the decree and seen Texas, among 25 other states, initiate proceedings aimed at suing the federal government.

High-stakes court battle

The Obama administration has taken swift steps to file the case in order to have it heard at the High Court. Should Justices agree to a hearing soon, a high-stakes court battle could ensue as Washington enters its election year.

'Unprecedented injunction' 

In the petition to the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Donald Verilli Jr said: '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 … If left undisturbed, that ruling will allow states to frustrate the federal government’s enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.' Mr Veilli added that the case warrants immediate review. Source: The Hill

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