(WASHINGTON) -- A tied decision Thursday in the Supreme Court blocked an Obama administration policy that would have offered more than four million undocumented immigrants a chance to remain in the country without fear of deportation. The justices were deadlocked 4-4.
The tie vote means the benefit for undocumented immigrants is on hold as the case returns to the lower court in Texas that initially froze the action. It’s now unlikely the Obama administration program will go into effect.
The White House maintains that the states didn’t have the right to bring the case forward in the first place.
Texas took the lead for Republican-dominated states that challenged President Obama’s executive action announced in November 2014.
When there is a 4-4 tie, it results in a one-sentence opinion that just says, "Per curiam -- the judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court."
That means the public doesn't have information about individual justices' views on either standing or substance.
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