On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced it deadlocked in a case challenging President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action with a 4-4 vote.
In 2015, Texas and 26 other states challenged Obama’s action, which would have protected as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to lawfully work in the country, calling it “unconstitutional.”
The long-awaited decision was only nine words long: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.”
Regardless of how short it was, however, the words have the president, like immigrants’ rights advocates across the nation, disappointed.
“Today’s decision is frustrating to those who seek to grow our economy and bring a rationality to our immigration system,” he said. “It is heartbreaking for the millions of immigrants who have made their lives here.”
Texas Governor, Greg Abott, called the ruling “a victory for all law abiding Americans.”
The SCOTUS decision will put millions of immigrant families at risk of deportation and unable to apply for work permits.