The Supreme Court has been busy this week, ruling on everything from gun control to immigration reform.
In a 4-4 ruling, the Court was deadlocked in the case United States v. Texas, which was an injunction against President Obama’s order of executive action in 2014 that would’ve protected millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
26 states collaborated on the injunction, which was spearheaded by political leaders in Texas, who felt that Obama was overstepping his bounds and was violating the constitution.
The tie in the voting leaves millions of undocumented immigrants still at risk for deportation.
Obama expressed his disappointment in the court to reach a decision, saying:
“For more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken. 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.”
Another political leader who expressed their concern was presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who took to Twitter to share her thoughts on what she called a “heartbreaking” ruling:
Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2016
This decision has also reignited the conversation surrounding the need to fill the seat of Justice Scalia, who passed away back in February.
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