U.S. Supreme Court tie upholds lower court decision against blocking deportation of undocumented parents
- A 4-4 decision left in place an appeals court ruling blocking President Obama’s executive order shielding the undocumented parents of Americans and permanent residents from deportation.
- The program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), would have protected more than 4 million from deportation but never went into effect after 26 states immediately challenged the 2014 order.
- The plaintiff states argued that President Obama had overstepped his authority with the executive order, while the White House pointed out the President’s constitutional authority to issue it.
“Supreme Court Deadlocks on Obama Immigration Plan. It Remains Blocked.” (The New York Times)
“Supreme Court, split 4-4, blocks Obama immigration plan” (Reuters)
“Obama’s huge new immigration plan, explained” (Vox, November 2014)
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