Obama’s Amnesty Plan Blocked by Supreme Court

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23 June 2016
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A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency.
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 [illegal alien] immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states’ lawsuit...

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The 4-4 tie leaves in place the decision in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld Judge Andrew Hanen's temporary injunction. The ruling does not create a precedent, but will likely force Obama to forego implementation of these executive amnesties for the rest of his term. The ruling does not affect original DACA, so that unconstitutional program will continue.
Since Judge Hanen never ruled on the merits of the case, it now returns to his court for further consideration.

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