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Supreme Court split on immigration, block on Obama plan remains

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Posted at 8:56 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 17:42:05-04

In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court Thursday announced it was evenly divided in a case concerning the President’s controversial executive actions on immigration.

The ruling means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court.

It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

Obama announced the programs to great fanfare in 2014 as well as to over 4 million immigrants who were prepared to come out from the shadows to apply for the programs and get temporary work authorization and associated benefits.

The programs were immediately challenged by Texas and 25 other states and blocked nationwide by a federal district court in early 2015.

A community meeting is being held in West Valley City in the wake of the ruling. The meeting is scheduled for June 23 at 6 p.m. and is being held at Comunidades Unidas (Communities United), located at 1750 West Research Way (2770 South), Suite 102 in West Valley City.