The Supreme Court of the United States blocked Obama’s plan to reform immigration. The eight member court voted four to four which effectively defeated the plan which, in part, made provisions to allow undocumented parents of American-born children to remain in the United States legally. Since the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia three months ago there was no vote to break the tie.
Obama was visibly upset when he addressed the nation. He said that we prioritize criminals and gang-bangers but don’t make an effort to help those who have been peacefully living and working in our communities. He also took the opportunity to blame Republicans in Congress for not allowing hearings for his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland as a replacement for Scalia. Obama also attacked the fear of immigration. He said that building a wall as a way to control immigration is a fantasy.
Independent Journal reports:
In a 15-minute statement at the White House Wednesday, a frustrated President Obama responded to the Supreme Court’s deadlocked ruling on his administration’s plan to reform immigration. The highest court in the land tied, four-to-four, to block Obama’s plan for deferred action for undocumented parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (dubbed DAPA), which would protect millions of illegal immigrants living and working in the United States from deportation.
Additionally, Obama blasted the belief that immigration is something to fear, aiming comments directly at Donald Trump, while not mentioning the GOP nominee by name. The president said keeping immigrants from coming to the U.S., either by building a wall or preventing a life here, based on nationality or race, is not a realistic option.