Happy 4th of July!
Today we celebrate the day in history when the greatest country known to man was created. Happy 4th of July to all Americans and British alike! On this day in 1776, our founding fathers met at the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They formally announced that they were no longer governed by the British, and that they were newly operating as the United States of America. Although this may be my inner patriot speaking, it remains the greatest country to ever graze the planet to this day.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and Texas have been butting heads quite frequently lately. For this week’s news report, we will discuss two of the most relevant and crucial Supreme Court rulings that have recently occurred. For those of you that do not know, the meaning is right in the title; the Supreme Court is the highest federal court in the entire United States. It has immense power that can change this nation, and it does not always change it for the better.
On June 23, 2016, in Washington DC,the Supreme Court had to make a decision whether or not they wanted to implement President Obama’s immigration plan. Obama put fourth the plan to “protect” millions upon millions of undocumented, illegal immigrants from deportation. The Supreme Court ended with a 4-4 draw, a ruling that would be a big hindrance to Obama’s unconstitutional plan. Although this does not render his plan completely null and void, it spells a major victory for conservatives and the states that challenged his unconstitutional “executive authority”. Texas was the predominant challenging state, but 25 other states also disagreed with the President’s executive power abuse.
Katie Lesley, of the Trail Blazers Blog from The Dallas Morning News, wrote “At the White House, Obama said the ruling takes the U.S. :further from the country we aspire to be” and called the decision “heartbreaking” for millions of immigrants and “unfortunate” for the nation.” (Leslie, The Dallas Morning News)
Although President Obama may be heartbroken (who wouldn’t be when their unconstitutional executive orders get shot down?), this SCOTUS ruling is largely considered a victory for conservatives.
On June 27, 2016, the Texas was involved yet again with the federal law and the Supreme Court. On that day, the Supreme Court ruled against Texas’ abortion provisions in a 5-3 decision. Texas aimed to make “doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and ordered clinics to meet hospital-like standards of surgical centers.” (Barnes, Washington Post) If the SCOTUS ruled in favor of Texas, this would have likely cause more abortion clinics to shut down.
Unlike the other SCOTUS ruling, this one is mainly considered a loss for conservatives. You can check out our reasoning for why abortion is completely and utterly wrong here:
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Leslie, Katie. “Obama Immigration Plan Remains on Hold as Supreme Court Splits, 4-4.” Trail Blazers Blog. The Dallas Morning News, 23 June 2016. Web. 04 July 2016.
Barnes, Robert. “Supreme Court Strikes down Texas Abortion Clinic Restrictions.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 27 June 2016. Web. 04 July 2016.
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