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Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

11 months 1 week 4 days ago April 18, 2016 Apr 18, 2016 Monday, April 18 2016 April 18, 2016 11:03 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: @smencimer via Twitter

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears divided over Obama administration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.

The administration's best hope for a favorable ruling after 90 minutes of arguments at the high court Monday appeared to rest with Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts asked questions suggesting he could side with the administration if there is a small change in the proposed programs.

The administration is asking the justices to allow it to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States.

Texas is leading 26 states dominated by Republicans in challenging the programs President Barack Obama announced in 2014 and that have been put on hold by lower courts.

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