The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on Obama’s executive decision to give millions of undocumented immigrants semi-legal status before the end of his presidency, and it is not the ruling Obama expected. The Supreme Court deadlocked, with four Justices voting to uphold the executive action and four voting against it. This unusual Supreme Court tie vote was caused by the vacancy created by the Senate Republicans’ refusal to confirm a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. For undocumented immigrants, this means that results of the upcoming election are even higher, as the next President will likely nominate the next Justice to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court addressed whether the president has the power to delay deportations of millions of immigrants who do not have legal status to remain in the United States. Obama called the deadlock decision a setback that takes our country a step backward. However, he emphasized that we should remain optimistic, because immigration reform is on the horizon. For most undocumented immigrants, nothing will change as a result of this decision. Obama has made clear that as long as immigrants do not commit crimes, law enforcement resources will not be used to locate and deport these residents. However, this decision does mean that most undocumented immigrant families will remain ineligible for work authorizations and government benefits.
The Court’s indecision underscores the rift between the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on this issue. Hillary Clinton has pledged to go even further than Obama in reducing deportations. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is running on the platform that if elected, he plans to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country within two years. In addition, Trump has pledged to overturn Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that grants work permits to young undocumented immigrants who enter the country as minor children. Clinton, on the other hand, has vowed to take Obama’s DACA plan even further by providing relief to the parents of these children.
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