Supreme Court Deadlocks On Immigration, Leaving Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan In Limbo


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court couldn’t reach a majority for or against President Barack Obama’s plan to defer deportation for millions  Thursday, effectively leaving his executive actions on hold and undocumented immigrants in limbo.

In a one-sentence ruling, the justices simply said, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court” — a sign that the court was sharply at odds along ideological lines.

The split decision means a lower court ruling that effectively blocked the program will stand, and no national precedent will be set as to whether the president acted within the law when he announced them in November 2014.

The case, United States v. Texas, stood to test the limits of executive power in the face of congressional inaction on immigration — a chance for Obama to prove that he, like his predecessors, had the authority to help millions of undocumented immigrants who want to live here without fear of deportation. 

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