The White House is still weeks away from finalizing President Barack Obama's recently announced immigration executive orders, but that hasn't stopped Republicans from calling the moves unconstitutional, or immigrant-rights activists from saying he hasn't gone far enough.
Immigration advocacy groups meeting with the president told the Associated Press that Obama is considering executive orders that would potentially defer deportations or grant work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants. Some possibilities include expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to the parents of DACA recipients (up to 1 million people) or the parents of children born in the U.S. (approximately 3.8 million people).
In the current political environment, Republicans will see this as one more action by a lawless president. According to Politico, legal experts know Republicans don't have a legal case against the president, because they don't have standing — meaning they can't prove that helping undocumented immigrants hurts them.
Of course, that doesn't dampen the urge to sue. “This notion of extending DACA to parents, who were the ones who consciously violated the law, strikes me as ridiculous,” Jan Ting, a lawyer and former immigration official under President Bush, told Politico. Ting argued that Obama “has defaulted on his constitutional obligation to faithfully execute the laws.”