WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held hearings Monday on the issue of Obama’s Executive Orders regarding work permits for millions of illegal immigrants. And what happens when SCOTUS is hearing arguments? Supporters and opposition of the issue show up in mass out front to try and sway the Justices. Today was no exception as groups and unions supporting amnesty showed up as well as the Tea Party Patriots (TPP). But the two rallies/protests were not necessarily about the same issue.
Last summer, President Obama signed Executive Orders granting work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. However, the courts have ruled, so far, against the Obama administration and issued temporary injunctions. Now SCOTUS will determine the legality of those orders. Supporters of Obama’s actions showed up in mass very early outside the building to cheer on the attorneys and those permitted inside for the hearings as they entered at shortly before 8 a.m. EST. They then began to bring speakers up to share their stories for the crowd.
Pro-Amnesty supporters were not the only protesters in attendance though. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has left a vacancy on the Supreme Court and TPP were there to support Senate Republicans who do not want to hold confirmation hearings for the replacement President Obama has nominated, Judge Merrick Garland.
According to Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, the immigration and amnesty issue is a prime example of why the Senate should continue to hold off on confirmation hearings until after the election this fall.
“We wanted to be outside of the Supreme Court using that issue (immigration) to show why the Supreme Court is so important. And why we need, as a people across this country, to take a moment and decide what direction we want to see our country go using our voices through our votes in November so that the next President and the next Congress can appoint someone to the Supreme Court who is likely going to be there a couple of decades according to the will of the people,” Martin said.
The importance of the arguments heard by the Supreme Court today cannot be underestimated. The absence of a tie breaking justice means today’s hearing could end in a tie vote. If that happens, the ruling of the lower courts will remain in place and the administration will have to apply to have it “re-heard” if they intend to move forward. Both sides have invested a great deal of time and energy on the issue and today was their last day to have any kind of impact.
On a personal note not related to the actual issue….
Regarding today’s activities outside SCOTUS, the lack of civility by the left has never been so apparent as it was today outside the Supreme Court when pro-amnesty activists crowded around the Tea Party Patriots group to make as much noise as possible in an attempt to drown out the speakers.
Prior to the Tea Party getting started, their activists had respectfully remained quiet and did not try to engage the rather raucous group. As a matter of fact, I stood back and watched Gregg Cummings, a Tea Party Patriots activist and regional coordinator, and others make more room for their counterparts. And while the union representatives were friendly, cooperative and appreciative of the extra room being made for them, their crowd was not. This reporter was shoved more than once by pro-amnesty supporters while Congressmen Ken Buck (R-CO-4), Ted Yoho (R-FL-3), Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1), and Steve King (R-IA-4) were speaking in an attempt to get as close as they could to shout down the Congressmen and other speakers.