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Supreme Court Splits 4-4 on Obama Immigration Case

The one-sentence opinion read: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”

The 4-4 split, caused by the vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s death, has stalled the Obama policy  (called called U.S. vs. Texas) that would have protected millions of people in the United States illegally from deportation.

The tie vote does not strike down the proposal, but means that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2015 decision rejecting the policy stands until the next president decides whether to continue defending this case in court. For the immigrants in question, it means their legal status remain unchanged and they remain subject to deportation.

Supreme Court Tie Dooms Obama Immigration Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 Thursday over a challenge to President Obama’s immigration policy, a result that prevents the administration from putting the program into effect during the rest of him term. Announced in late 2014, it would shield more than four million people from deportation.

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How Scalia’s Death Could Affect Major Supreme Court Cases in 2016

With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia this week, the balance of the Supreme Court has shifted, which may have serious implications for cases set to be heard in the upcoming term. There is an important immigration case, United States v. Texas, of particular interest. To learn more about how the Supreme Court decisions in 2016 might be effected, read the entire article from The New York Times below. To learn more about the legal arguments at stake in United States v. Texas, we also recommend this “in plain English” analysis from ScotusBlog.

How Scalia’s Death Could Affect Major Supreme Court Cases in the 2015-16 Term

Sotomayor Kagan Ginsburg Breyer Kennedy Roberts Alito Thomas Scalia In Hurst v. Florida, the court struck down an aspect of Florida’s capital punishment system, in which the state allowed nonunanimous juries to recommend death sentences and left the final sentencing to a judge, saying it did not give jurors a sufficient role in deciding whether defendants should be put to death.

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