Today in One Paragraph
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The Pentagon announced that the U.S. will send 217 troops to Iraq. Senator Lindsey Graham is scheduled to meet privately with Merrick Garland this week. And the death toll continues to rise in Ecuador after an earthquake struck the country on Saturday.
Immigration at the High Court. The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided during oral arguments in United States v. Texas, a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work legally in the country. A 4-4 tie would leave in place a lower court’s ruling to block the president’s program. The Court is expected to rule by the end of June. (Robert Barnes, The Washington Post)
More Troops to Iraq. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the U.S. will send 217 more troops to Iraq, as well as additional attack helicopters, in the fight against ISIS. The troops will serve as advisers and trainers. (Euan McKirdy, Jim Sciutto, and Jamie Crawford, CNN)
Graham to Meet with Garland. The South Carolina Senator is expected to meet privately with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee on Wednesday. It’s a reversal for Graham, who initially refused to meet with Garland, although he remains opposed to giving the judge a formal hearing. (Seung Min Kim, Politico)