The 4-4 tie, which left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan, amplified the contentious election-year debate over the nation’s immigration policy and presidential power.
When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in January, it seemed poised to issue a major ruling on presidential power. That did not materialize, but the court’s action, which established no precedent and included no reasoning, was nonetheless perhaps its most important statement this term.
The decision was just nine words long: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.”
But its consequences will be vast, said Walter Dellinger, who was acting solicitor general in the Clinton administration. “Seldom have the hopes of so many been crushed by so few words,” he said.
Comments by Rajendra Shende: For me the consequences are even more disastrous. Would this trend points towards deadlocking the plans for President’s Obama future of Paris Climate agreement? And climate refugees from Caribbean Islands?
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