WASHINGTON (WLNS/AP) – 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 immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette applauded today’s ruling by saying “The Supreme Court was correct today in ruling that the President’s unilateral executive order on immigration, and attempt to bypass Congress, was constitutionally flawed.”
He added that now Congress has the opportunity to develop a immigration policy that secures the nation’s borders.
Republican Congressman Mike Bishop also supported today’s ruling. The 8th Congressional District Representative said “we have a duty to abide by the Constitution as our Founding Fathers intended, and that’s what this decision rightly concluded.
Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states, including Michigan, in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states’ lawsuit.