A preview of United States v. Texas, and Sen. Al Franken on Merrick Garland.

Will State-Level Republicans Shut Down the President’s Immigration Policy?

Will State-Level Republicans Shut Down the President’s Immigration Policy?

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
April 16 2016 9:01 AM

Amicus: Contra Obama

As Senate Republicans refuse to consider the Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, the remaining eight justices take up his immigration directive.


Listen to Episode 42 of Slate’s Amicus:


In November 2014, President Obama issued an executive order to delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. But a group of GOP-governed states immediately sued to block the order from going into effect, and this week, their challenge will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. On today’s episode, we preview United States v. Texas with Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center. Gorod co-authored an amicus brief in support of the White House’s position in the case.

We also check in with Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota about the standoff over Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Franken, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is none-too-pleased with the attitudes of many of his fellow committee members.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.