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Presidential Executive Orders and Federalism - Immigration on the Line

Ruth Tarrant

10th November 2015

Today the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Obama's executive order preventing the deportation of 5 million illegal immigrants, following an earlier ruling by a Texas court that was challenged by the White House. President Obama continues to argue that preventing deportation is within his powers as President - not so, say the Courts. It may seem odd to some that there is disagreement over "who has power" in the US, given the fact that the US has a codified constitution. However, the reality is somewhat different - the constitution is very short, covers the bare minimum, and in reality, there are many unwritten conventions that exist outside the confines of the constitution. One of those conventions is the use of Executive Orders by the President.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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