CAC In the News

April 18, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra, President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, who filed a brief in support of the government says she wouldn't write off the chief justice on the merits of the case or on the issue of standing.
"On the merits, Chief Justice Roberts' concerns seemed to be alleviated when the Solicitor General clarified that undocumented immigrants—given relief under the programs—are simply afforded deferred action but none the less are subject to removal proceedings at any time the executive changes its enforcement priorities," she said.

April 18, 2016

CAC's Elizabeth Wydra appeared on KCRW' "To The Point" show to discuss the landmark Supreme Court immigration case United States v. Texas.

April 18, 2016

When it comes to Supreme Court oral arguments, sometimes the justices’ questions feel more like answers with a question mark at the end. At oral argument in United States v. Texas, the questions asked by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely key votes in the case, seemed like real questions. Fortunately for proponents of the administration’s immigration executive action—which could prevent, on a temporary basis, millions of undocumented immigrants from being deported—the lawyers for the administration had good answers, and the lawyers on the other side didn’t. When it comes time for the justices to cast their votes in the case, they should do what the law requires and reject this challenge to the administration’s immigration initiatives.

April 18, 2016

The lawyer representing the House “certainly does not represent the whole Congress serving today, much less the prior Congresses that wrote America’s immigration laws,” wrote former Rep. Howard Berman (R-Cal.) and Elizabeth Wydra, the president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. Wydra’s organization, which has been involved in the case for longer than the House has, helped co-author a brief on behalf of Berman and a bipartisan coalition of former members of Congress who took part of the deliberations and drafting of key parts of the immigration code...

April 18, 2016

"John Roberts has consistently voted to close the courthouse doors. He's consistently voted to limit parties' ability to sue," said Brianne Gorod of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. "If he were to change his prior views on standing here ... it might look like his views on standing were being driven not by the law but by his view of the politics of the case."