The U.S. Supreme Court announced it is deadlocked 4-4, on a case about immigration.
With Congress yet to approve a ninth Supreme Court Justice, it is unlikely any action with take place on this case that stems from President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, until after the November presidential election.
The ruling means that programs announced by the Obama White House will still be blocked from starting.
“For more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken,” President Obama said, in a press conference. “And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn’t able to issue a decision today doesn’t just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”
The ruling will have an impact in Framingham, home to a large immigrant population. Estimates have more than 4 million undocumented immigrants nationwide, who wont be able to apply for status under the Obama executive orders.
The orders would have allowed:
- Adults in the United States illegally could remain if they meet certain residency requirements and have children who are American citizens.
- The orders would also expand a program that allows youth to stay in the country if they were brought here, under age 16.
- And it would allow illegal immigrants in certain categories to remain in the country and apply for work permits if they have been here at least five years and have not committed felonies or repeated misdemeanors.
But the White House’s policy on immigration was not supported by a majority of the state – 26 states challenged the orders.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted the the court “kept us safe” from amnesty.
But Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted the court’s ruling was “heartbreaking.”
“Today’s deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court is unacceptable, and show us all just how high the stakes are in this election,” Clinton said in a press release.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been with just eight members since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.
President nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Court but Republicans in the U.S. Senate has said they will not approve a ninth judge until after the November presidential election.