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Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Immigration Order With Tie Vote

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This Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 photo shows the Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

The Supreme Court blocked President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration from being enacted in a 4-4 decision on Thursday.

The high court’s tie vote upholds a lower court ruling blocking the president's unilateral attempt to shield immigrants in the United States illegally from deportation and to make them eligible for work permits without the approval of Congress.

According to the Associated Press, “The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.”

Twenty-six states, led by Texas, sued the Obama administration to block the order’s implementation. Many congressional Republicans expressed support for the lawsuit.

In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “Today, Article I of the Constitution was vindicated.”

“The Supreme Court’s ruling makes the president’s executive action on immigration null and void,” Ryan continued. “The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws — only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers.”

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