The Supreme Court has reached a deadlock in a case that challenged the immigration proposal set forth by President Barack Obama, which has essentially caused that plan to fail. The proposal would have prevented up to five million undocumented immigrants from being deported, thereby allowing them to legally work in the United States.

The court initially agreed to hear the case back in January of this year, and it originally appeared as though the ruling would go in Obama’s favor; however, that clearly did not happen. The court’s action is said to be its most important statement during this entire term despite the fact that the justices gave no reasoning for their deadlock. All the decision stated was that the judgment was affirmed by a court that was equally divided.

The President has described the court’s ruling as disappointing for those immigrants who would no longer be able to escape deportation throughout the rest of his term in office. He further described it as heartbreaking for millions of immigrants who have made their lives throughout the United States.

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President Obama also stated that the ruling was a reminder of the consequences of Republicans refusing to consider Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court that was created as a result of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The President said that if judges are blocked from getting onto the bench, then decisions will not be made, which results in the status quo continuing and progress freezes on multiple important issues.

It was not disclosed exactly how all of the justices voted on the issue at hand, though it can be suggested that they were split along ideological lines. There were some officials within the President’s administration, however, who hoped that Chief Justice John Roberts would vote in favor to save the proposal.

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