Local officials react to Supreme Court ruling on immigration

(WLNS) – The Obama administration suffered a major defeat today as the Supreme Court voted 4-4, ruling against the president’s immigration plan.

The ruling has caught the attention of many people around the country and in Mid-Michigan.

“Sadness and…deep disappointment,” Chair of Civil Right for Immigrants Committee for Greater Lansing, Oscar Castañeda said.

The feeling of utter sorrow is what Castañeda has been feeling all day.

“I cannot stop thinking of the millions of children who are being affected by this situation,” Castañeda sadly stated.

Castañeda says up to 6-million families in the United States will be impacted by this ruling.

“There are literally millions of them who have families who are trying to work to the best of their abilities to provide for them…and now with this decision, those families are in a very high risk of being broken apart,” he mentioned.

But what does this ruling truly mean for immigrants?

“It just means you got to go through Congress and go through the give and take of that process and have a law passed,” Senior Counsel with Great Lakes Justice Center, David Kallman said.

Kallman is an attorney and an expert on constitutional law. He says no matter what your stance is on immigration, the law must go through the proper process.

“That was the argument in that case…could President Obama essentially pass his own law and force it through an executive order…the fifth circuit court of appeals said no, he could not do that,” Kallman firmly stated.

However, in Castañeda’s eyes, he feels this decision is unfair.

“I really think that people need to dig deeper and understand the significance of this decision,” Castañeda said.

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