In a Tied Vote, the Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Immigration Actions
Slate | June 23, 2016
The Supreme Court handed down a tied vote in United States v. Texas on Thursday, effectively blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions from taking effect.
Obama’s contested action, called DAPA, would have deferred the deportation of the undocumented parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents. Texas, along with 25 states, sued to stop DAPA from going into effect, arguing that Obama had overstepped his executive authority. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued a nationwide injunction enjoining the plan from taking effect; a panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. By dividing equally on the case, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s ruling without setting any precedent.