When President Barack Obama issued his now-stayed executive orders on immigration in late 2014, we objected. We warned that doing so would halt any discussion of immigration in Congress and risk court challenges.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court proved us prescient, and we couldn’t be more unhappy about it.
Many Republicans have quickly cheered the ruling and again denounced the president’s approach as illegal. But these celebrations are inappropriate.
It’s too soon to say whether Obama’s actions were illegal. The trial has yet to begin.
And it’s worth remembering why Obama felt he needed to issue the orders in the first place: The refusal in Congress to even consider comprehensive reform to our broken immigration system.
Both sides must get back to the one place they rarely seem to be: The negotiating table.