The Supreme Court dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt President Obama a harsh defeat -- splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation-- thereby leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan. The court, with four conservative justices and four liberals, appeared divided along ideological lines. The 4-4 ruling was possible because there are only eight justices following February's death of conservative Antonin Scalia Obama's plan was tailored to let roughly 4 million people who meet certain criteria, live legally in the U.S. The states had argued that Obama overstepped the powers granted to him by the U.S. Constitution by infringing upon the authority of Congress. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says the ruling "makes the president's executive action on immigration null and void." The likely Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called the ruling "unacceptable." Obama's plan had been blocked by lower courts and never went into effect.