President Obama's immigration plan has been defeated by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justices deadlocked 4-4 on a lawsuit by 26 states challenging the President's plan to shield millions living in the U.S. Illegally from deportation. The tie vote leaves in place a ruling by a lower court which said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to four million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without Congress' approval.
Nebraska Appleseed issued a statement saying the decision is a big step backward for the safety and unity of thousands of Nebraska families as well as the state's economy. "While today's split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, these important policies will unfortunately remain in limbo nationwide" said Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Program Director Darcy Tromanhauser. "This delay in the 2014 programs keeps thousands of Nebraska families in danger of separation and threatens communities across the state that have been enriched by the contributions of immigrant Nebraskans."