Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has slammed the Supreme Court's split decision on United States v. Texas, which has resulted in President Barack Obama's signature immigration policy to be placed on hold.
Clinton called the neutralized ruling that has jeopardized the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) “unacceptable.”
On June 24, the Supreme Court ruled on United States v. Texas, a case that could decide the fate of more than 4 million illegal immigrants.
In 2014, President Obama signed DAPA through executive order, protecting undocumented immigrants from being deported. Lead by Texas, 26 states sued over the decision, labeling it a federal overreach. A federal judge had placed an injunction on the program, with a federal appeals court subsequently upholding the decision, according to The Washington Post.
Unless the injunction is removed, the protections of DAPA will not apply to millions of illegal immigrants. The Supreme Court was split on the case, reaching a 4-4 deadlock. As a result, the program will remain on hold, its fate likely depending on whoever inherits the White House.
Clinton issued an official statement ridiculing GOP lawmakers for persistently blocking Obama’s judicial nominee, Merrick Garland, stating that the stalemate in the Supreme Court is only possible because it currently does not have a full bench.
“In addition to throwing millions of families across our country into a state of uncertainty, this decision reminds us how much damage Senate Republicans are doing by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court,” Clinton said, according to Politico.
“Our families and our country need and deserve a full bench, and Senate Republicans need to stop playing political games with our democracy and give Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and vote.”
The Democratic nominee also issued a statement through social media, slamming the stalling of DAPA as immoral, ABC News reports.
“Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation,” Clinton tweeted out. “We must do better.”
Republican lawmakers celebrated the stalemate, declaring it a victory over what they describe as President Obama’s overreach.
“The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws — only Congress,” the House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, said in an official statement. “This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers.”
In a press conference, President Obama defended his executive action, stating that he only issued DAPA because Republicans in Congress had refused to pass a comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.
“Leaving a broken system that way is not a solution,” President Obama said. “That’s the real amnesty.”