Obama immigration case set for April 18 at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has released its April calendar for arguments, and the big case about President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order policy is set for Monday, April 18.

Supreme_Court_steps_twitterThe case of United States v. Texas is the only case scheduled for that day, so the time for arguments in front of the eight-Justice bench will be extensive that morning.

The other high-profile case in April is McDonnell v. United States. That will be heard on April 27, the last day the Court is expected to hear arguments in its current term, which ends in late June. It involves former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

The Court also pushed five cases back to its next term, which starts in October 2016, including separate cases involving a Lutheran Church, insider trading and a Fifth Amendment property takings case.

The Court accepted the Texas immigration case in mid-January. It involves a dispute between President Obama and 26 states over the President’s ability to issue sweeping executive orders about immigration. The 26 states had hoped the Supreme Court would rule on several issues, including the ability of the states to sue the Obama administration; the alleged constitutional overreach of the executive branch in forming immigration policies conflicting with laws passed by Congress; and the alleged unwillingness of President Obama to honor the Constitution’s “Take Care Clause” to execute laws passed by Congress.

According to the order as announced, the Justices will consider two of the three questions: on standing and the Take Care clause.

That case was also accepted before the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

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