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The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a challenge by Texas (and 25 other states) to President Obama’s deferred action immigration policy. The federal government, which lost below, is asking the Court to reverse both because it believes the policy is lawful and because it believes the states weren’t entitled to bring the suit in the first place—because they lacked “standing.” This Teleforum debate considered both who has the better of the standing argument in the Texas case, and, more generally, when states should (and should not be) allowed to challenge federal government policies in court.


  • Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Adam J. White, Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institute