As the world remained transfixed on the outcome of Brexit, another very important decision was made in the United States that could potentially impact the lives of around four million people.
The Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The ruling will essentially kill two programs, DAPA and expanded-DACA, which, in a nutshell, would have allowed millions of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. and provided undocumented parents of U.S. citizens protection from deportation.
The deadlock has also given the next president of the country the power to make the next move on immigration, which could be really scary if the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump – who wants to build a wall to keep immigrants out – wins in November.
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“(My brother) lives in constant fear that my parents will be deported,” Peruvian-born Pamela Chomba told New York Daily News in an tearful exchange, adding, as a Muslim, Trump’s anti-immigration plans terrify her. “My parents ... won’t have any documents to apply for better jobs to qualify for health care that they’re more than happy to help pay for.”
“I am so disappointed. I believed in the law and they really let us down," Maria de León, an undocumented parent living in the U.S. for 13 years, told NBC News. "We have to keep fighting now. I can't vote in November, but you better believe that I will make sure that everyone I know who can vote does so in November. We have to come out from out of the shadows."
After the SCOTUS announced its decision, De León was so upset she had to be held up by two women as she became emotional.
Unsurprisingly, Trump has welcomed the ruling, remarking it "has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a president."
And there was also this tweet:
SC has kept us safe from exec amnesty--for now. But Hillary has pledged to expand it, taking jobs from Hispanic & African-American workers.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2016
Meanwhile, Obama condemned the deadlock in a passionate address, saying the Supreme Court “is not able to function the way it's supposed to.”
“For more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken," he said. "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."
FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group, also denounced the ruling.
"The hope that they [undocumented immigrants] would benefit from DAPA and expanded DACA and be able to live their lives in ways so many of us take for granted, such as driving to work without the fear that a broken taillight will end in our family being torn apart, remains out of reach,” FWD.us President Todd Schulte said in a statement.