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O’Melveny’s Dellinger Authors Slate Article on President Obama’s Immigration PlanNovember 21, 2014 O’Melveny & Myers partner and former acting US Solicitor General Walter Dellinger authored the November 20, 2014, Slate op-ed, "It's Legal," which discusses the legality of President Obama’s executive action on immigration in the United States. In the article, Dellinger contends that the president is "not acting unilaterally, but pursuant to his statutory authority," as "[w]ide discretion over deportation priorities has long been conferred on the executive branch by Congress, and it is being exercised in this case consistent with policies such as family unification that have been endorsed by Congress." Dellinger’s article was also cited in multiple publications detailing reactions to the President’s plan, including The Huffington Post, The Dish, and Newser.
Dellinger is a member of O’Melveny’s Appellate Practice and resides in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.