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How far can Obama go? Supreme Court to decide in unprecedented case

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments today for and against President Obama’s executive order that stopped the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.

Lower courts struck down the original order, but now the Court will be considering whether the President violated the Constitution’s call to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

"In 225 years, the Supreme Court has never had occasion to ask the president whether he has reneged on his oath to take care that the laws are faithfully executed," Josh Blackman told the Washington Times. Blackman is an associate professor at the South Texas College of Law, who has followed the case from the start and filed amicus briefs opposing Mr. Obama’s claim of powers. "With pens and phones replacing checks and balances," Blackman continued, "the Supreme Court is now poised to break new constitutional ground in order to preserve our embattled separation of powers."

Obama’s amnesty orders represent one of the most egregious abuses of power of this administration. The President’s blatant refusal to enforce the laws passed by the representatives of the people demonstrates his utter disregard for the average American and the American system of government.

But however the Court rules, the system will remain. Based on the precedent of previous cases, the President will still have huge amounts of power the Founders never intended him to have. An Article V Convention of States is the only solution designed to fix the system itself. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that expressly, explicitly limit the power and jurisdiction of the executive branch. Congress won’t do it. The Supreme Court won’t do it. It’s up to the people.


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