The Supreme Court is halting President Obama’s immigration plan that he was trying to put in place to shield MILLIONS of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. The Justices’ had only a one-sentence opinion that swiftly made it so that Obama would have no chance of getting his way on the plan for the duration of his presidency. Sound too good to be true?
A tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
The Obama administration announced the programs — protections for parents of children who are in the country legally and an expansion of the program that benefits people who were brought to this country as children — in November 2014.
The states quickly went to court to block the Obama initiatives.
Their lawsuit was heard by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. Hanen previously had criticized the administration for lax immigration enforcement. Hanen sided with the states, blocking the programs from taking effect.