Supreme Court divided over Obama’s immigration plan, blocks proposed programmes

US President, Barack Obama
US President, Barack Obama

{BNN/WASHINGTON, U.S.} – The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 announced that it was evenly divided over President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions.

According to reports, the one-sentence ruling means that the programmes proposed by Obama will not go into effect and is very unlikely that it will go into effect for the rest of Obama’s tenure. The issue will be sent back to the lower court now.

President Obama, speaking at the White House, said, “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.”

Obama announced his immigration plans in 2014 and they were immediately opposed by Texas and 25 other states. They were blocked in the entire country by a federal district judge.

According to reports, Presumptive Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the ruling “heartbreaking” and said, “Today’s deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court is unacceptable, and show us all just how high the stakes are in this election.”

However, Republicans have reportedly denounced the President and said that he was abusing his authority.

Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump welcomed the decision and said, “The election, and the Supreme Court appointments that come with it will decide whether or not we have a border and, hence, a country. Clinton has pledged to expand Obama’s executive amnesty, hurting poor African-American and Hispanic workers by giving away their jobs and federal resources to illegal immigrant labor – while making us all less safe.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement, said, “The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws—only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers.”

The ruling will reportedly affect four million undocumented immigrants.

Pro-immigration activists gathered in front of the Supreme Court after the vote, some crying as the decision was made public.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.