The dispute between the Obama administration and 26 states ended in a tie after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 4-4, Thursday, to block Obama’s immigration plan.
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The Supreme Court ruling says the President may not shield 45 million illegal immigrants from deportation and stops the administration from putting Obama’s immigration policy into effect during the rest of his term.
“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,” said President Obama during a press conference at the White House.
Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich is one of the states suing over the President’s plans, joined the FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne to react.
“I think that upholding the rule of law and the separation of powers in our country is such a fundamental principle that I’m very happy with today’s decision… that the fifth circuits junction is upheld but it does concern me that even four justices were willing to say that the president can act as a keying or the president can act unilaterally and basically rewrite our immigration laws,” said Brnovich.
Brnovich also said this issue would make the 2016 presidential election even more important.
“One of the problems with the President’s action is that once there’s a new election or there’s a new president, they can unilaterally keep changing these laws -- and the issue today may be immigration but you may have a president in the future that you may not like that unilaterally rewrites our tax code, or rewrites policies with social issues,” he said.