Supreme Court deadlock halts Obama immigration actions
The Supreme Court announced a 4-4 tie Thursday on the challenge to President Barack Obama’s deferred action programs. The tie continues the hold on the programs that would have potentially shielded millions of undocumented immigrant parents and children from deportation.
According to Vox, up to 4.5 million people would have benefited from the programs and the news website reported that immigration activists indicated they may file suit in another part of the country to put the actions in effect.
In 2012, the president started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, which applies to some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Two years later, Obama had issued a memo expanding DACA and starting another program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, known as DAPA, which applies to undocumented immigrants with minor children who are citizens or permanent residents.