It was a somber-looking President Barack Obama as he addressed White House correspondents Thursday on the Supreme Court even-judgement on the Presidential executive act on Immigration describing it as “disappointing” and “frustrating.”
The eight judges of the Supreme Court were even in their decisions on whether to block or unblock the Presidency from going ahead with the executive action that would have given temporary succor to about 4 million of immigrants illegally residing in the United States. Texas and 25 other states have challenged the Presidential action and won to block it from being executed at the lower courts.
The Supreme Court Thursday June 23 in one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect.
“I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed today. But it’s important to understand what today means. The deferred action policy that has been in place for the last four years is not affected by this ruling.”
In an address on the Judgement, President Obama said that “as disappointing as it was to be challenged for taking the kinds of actions that other administrations have taken, the country was looking to the Supreme Court to resolve the important legal questions raised in this case.
“But today, the Supreme Court was unable to reach a decision. This is part of the consequence of the Republican failure so far to give a fair hearing to Mr. Merrick Garland, my nominee to the Supreme Court.
“That means that the expanded set of commonsense deferred action policies — the ones I announced two years ago — can’t go forward at this stage until there’s a ninth justice on the court to break the tie”, he said.
According to him, “I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed today. But it’s important to understand what today means. The deferred action policy that has been in place for the last four years is not affected by this ruling.
“Enforcement priorities developed by my Administration are not affected by this ruling. This means that the people who might have benefited from the expanded deferred action policies — long-term residents raising children who are Americans or legal residents — they will remain low priorities for enforcement. As long as you haven’t committed a crime, our limited immigration enforcement resources are not focused on you,” President Obama explained.
The President said that “today’s decision is frustrating to those who seek to grow our economy and bring a rationality into our immigration system — and to allow people to come out of the shadows and lift this perpetual cloud on them.
“I think it is heartbreaking for the millions of immigrants who’ve made their lives here; who’ve raised families here; who’ve hoped for the opportunity to work, pay taxes, serve in our military, and more fully contribute to this country we all love in an open way.”