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SCOTUS declines to reconsider case that squelched Obama’s executive order on immigration

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President Barack Obama attempted to bypass Congress and unilaterally shield immigrants in the United States illegally from deportation and to make them eligible for work permits.

Supporters of immigration reform protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court November 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The protesters demanded the implementation of U.S. President Barack Obama's immigration relief programs, including the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during the protest. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court declined Monday to consider the Obama administration’s request to rehear a case regarding the president’s executive order on immigration after a new justice is sworn in.

President Barack Obama attempted to bypass Congress and unilaterally shield immigrants in the United States illegally from deportation and to make them eligible for work permits. Twenty-six states, led by Texas, sued the Obama administration over the order, arguing that the president did not have the authority to do so unilaterally.

In June, a divided 4-4 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas left in place a lower court ruling that blocked the president’s action from going into effect.

Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death earlier this year, but so far, Senate Republicans have blocked his confirmation hearings. The administration had pushed for the court to reconsider the case after a new justice is sworn in, arguing that a court with nine justices would uphold the president’s actions.

According to SCOTUSblog, the justices rejected administration’s request “without comment.”

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