Barack Obama’s plan to unilaterally flood America with more than four million illegal invaders just because they are already in the US, has been shot down after the Supreme Court failed to come to a decision on the matter.
The court tied 4-4 in a vote brought by several states against the unilateral “executive order”—which means that the previous court’s decision, which annulled the order, will remain in force.
The one-line judgement, released today by the Supreme Court in the matter “United States, et al., Petitioners v. Texas, et al. on writ of certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the fifth circuit [June 23, 2016] per curiam,” simply read: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”
The case resulted from the federal appeals court in New Orleans which ruled that the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million illegal invaders from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
The Obama executive order was aimed at invaders who are in the country illegally, but because of a lack of funds, face no immediate threat of deportation.
The program was originally launched in November 2014, when Obama ordered that parents of children who are in the country legally, and those children brought to the US illegally as children—the so-called “dreamer” generation—would be allowed to stay.
The state of Texas and 25 other states challenged the program in court, and won a ruling in the federal courts which said that Obama did not have the right to set immigration policy without the approval of Congress.
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled against Obama, and the Justice Department then appealed to the Supreme Court with the intention of completing the matter before Obama left office.
Originally, a nine-member court was going to hear the case, but one of the judges—well known conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died. This left eight judges to make the ruling, and they are assumed to have split along “liberal” and “conservative” lines, leading to the tie.
The end result is that the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling still stands, and the legalization of the invaders has been halted.
This also means that the outcome of the US presidential election in November this year will presumably determine the policy’s future direction. Should Hilary Clinton win, she is likely to push forward with the policy in some new fashion, while if Donald Trump wins—and he remains consistent to his primary election policies—the invasion might very well come to an end.
In addition, there are a whole new set of Supreme Court judges likely to be appointed within the first term of a new presidency, which will further affect the political makeup of the bench.