Supreme Court Tied on Obama Immigration Reform

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(ABC) A tied vote Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place a lower court injunction against an Obama administration policy that would have offered more than 4 million undocumented immigrants the chance to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

The justices were deadlocked 4-4.

The tie means the benefit for undocumented immigrants remains on hold as the case returns to the lower court in Texas that froze the action. It’s now unlikely that the Obama administration program will go into effect.

When there is a 4-4 tie at the Supreme Court (the court is short one justice because of the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death in February), that lets the lower court decision stand but does not set a national precedent.

Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) released the following statement after the decision:

“This is a major victory for the separation of powers and the rule of law. The Supreme Court’s ruling reaffirms that Congress – not the president – has the sole power to write laws and that individuals who came to our country illegally remain subject to deportation.”

Indiana’s 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon released this statement:

“The Constitution is crystal clear: the American people, through their elected Representatives, write the laws that govern this country, not the president and unelected bureaucrats in the Executive Branch. I’m happy to see the Supreme Court today reaffirm this fact by upholding the Constitutional separation of powers.”

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