The Supreme Court voted 4-4 on Thursday, June 23rd on President Obama’s immigration plan in the case United States v. Texas. This blocks the implementation of initiatives known as DAPA and DACA under new provisions designed to protect the rights of undocumented United States immigrants.
As stated by the SCOTUS Blog, “This means that the enforcement of the Obama administration’s 2014 deferred-action policy remains blocked by a nationwide injunction. It is now up to Judge Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, whether and how to go forward with the trial on the merits. Just to be clear, all that the Court’s order in US v. Texas says is that the judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court. Nothing more.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, President Obama vowed to continue other programs prioritizing deportation of violent criminals, rather than residents who do not pose a violent threat to the nation.
The government now has the option to file a rehearing petition in the Supreme Court upon approval of the Justices.
Immigrant advocacy groups are continuing to fight for the Deferred Action program and are hopeful the injunction will be lifted.
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