The one-sentence ruling has re-affirmed a lower court’s prior decision, which means the Louisiana court’s decision to block the Obama administration from shielding up to 4 million immigrants from deportation will remain in place.
In 2014, Obama sought to provide amnesty to undocumented immigrants who’ve lived in the U.S. since they were children, or who’ve had children who were born in the U.S., which would automatically make them U.S. citizens.
Those undocumented immigrants would’ve also been eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
“For more than two decades now, our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken,” Obama said following the decision. “And, the fact that the Supreme Court wasn’t able to issue a decision today doesn’t just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”
“Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also tweeted. “We must do better.”
Twenty-six states, led by Texas, challenged the president’s executive actions in November 2014.
According to reports, the Supreme Court ruling will likely freeze Obama’s actions for the rest of his term, and leave the future of his immigration program, and millions of undocumented workers, in limbo.
The decision will also likely serve as new political fuel for both Democrats and Republicans during the upcoming election.