WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) announced today it plans to file an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court – on behalf of members of Congress and thousands of Americans – urging the high court to uphold a lower court ruling that rejected President Obama's executive action on illegal immigration.
In November, a federal appeals upheld a block of President Obama's effort to move forward with a series of executive actions seeking to give quasi-legal status and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.
The Supreme Court today agreed to take the case.
"This is a landmark case involving the separation of powers," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "Our position from the beginning has been very clear: President Obama is not a king and impatient presidents don't get to change the law. This Executive overreach is both unlawful and unconstitutional. We will be representing members of Congress and thousands of Americans in a brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold the appeals court decision – and put a stop to the impermissible overreach that has been the hallmark of this president."
During the legal course of this case, the ACLJ has represented 113 Members of Congress—25 U.S. Senators led by both Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Cruz from Texas in addition to 88 members of the House of Representatives led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and former Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. The ACLJ also represented nearly 220,000 Americans in its briefs.
And in 2014, ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow testified before the House Judiciary Committee – providing detailed evidence as to why President Obama's actions violate the separation of powers.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of United States v. Texas this spring with a decision by the end of the court's term this summer.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and online at aclj.org.
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