Krauthammer: If Obama Wins Immigration Battle, 'Then There Are No Laws'
Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments surrounding President Obama's executive orders on illegal immigrants.
The justices will review whether Obama, acting without congressional approval, has the power to shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally and make them eligible to work without fear of being rounded up.
At issue is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, which Obama said in late 2014 would allow people who have been in the United States more than five years and who have children who are in the country legally to "come out of the shadows and get right with the law."
When he announced the measures 14 months ago, Obama said he was acting under his own authority because Congress had failed to overhaul the immigration system. The Senate did pass legislation on a bipartisan vote, but House Republicans refused to put the matter to a vote.
On "Special Report," Charles Krauthammer said that if Obama prevails in the Court against opposition led by Republican governors, "then you can send Congress home and you can eliminate Article I from the Constitution -- then there are no laws."
Krauthammer said that if the president can unilaterally overturn the action by Congress, "then we have essentially a single branch of government that legislates."
"This is a huge decision. I do not understand how the four liberal justices will -- as they will -- resist the logic here."
Watch the segment above.