The Obama administration took the battle over immigration to the Supreme Court on Friday, formally asking the justices to review a federal court decision that left in place a nationwide injunction against President Barack Obama’s sweeping initiative to grant quasi-legal status and work permits to millions of immigrants here illegally.
“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,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and other administration lawyers wrote in the petition filed at the high court Friday morning. “The decision warrants immediate review.”
The petition from the Justice Department was filed precisely one year after Obama announced the controversial executive actions.
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