U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed disappointment about the Supreme Court's decision on immigration that blocked his plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
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"For more than two decades now, our immigration system ... has been broken, and the fact that the Supreme Court was not 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," he said. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Alana Wise)
Below is an earlier reporter version from Reuters:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits, leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan.
The court, with four conservative justices and four liberals, appeared divided along ideological lines during oral arguments on April 18 in a case brought by 26 states led by Texas that sued to block Obama's 2014 executive action on immigration that bypassed Congress.
The 4-4 ruling was possible because there are only eight justices following February's death of conservative Antonin Scalia. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)