Obama’s executive orders and side-stepping of Congress provoked opposition from the states, whose attorney generals filed lawsuits against his administration. Now, under President Trump, states with Democratic attorney generals are doing the same thing.
Those attorney generals went to the courts to stop President Trump’s first executive order on immigration, and now a group of states is trying to do the same to his revised order.
That may be annoying to Republicans, who did the same against Obamas’ executive orders, but it is an example of federalism reasserting itself against the dictates of the central government.
Charles Krauthammer says that whatever you think of the outcomes, this is a remarkable “organic” development of our constitutional system. When Congress is not fulfilling its role to check and balance the Executive branch, the states are moving into that role. [Read more…]