Washington D.C. – A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency. A tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the federal appeals court in New Orleans, which said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.
Speaking with Breitbart News, the President said that “it doesn’t really matter what the Supreme Court of the United States rules on the matter, because shielding illegal immigrants is a matter of time, not policy.” Obama argued that “there is always a plan B, or at least there should be, and in the case of work permits without approval from Congress, the name of that plan B is Hillary Clinton.” “What was I supposed to do, put my faith in Bernie Sanders? Come on, get real,” the President said.
“Seriously, though,” Obama changed his tone, “this is not the end of a journey but rather a minor bump in the road. What this means is that the baton has now shifted hands and is no longer in my possession. I cannot be the one who takes matters further, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop. The next step from here is enabling the people who have worked so hard to become citizens of this country to start fighting their own battles. And by that I mean, enabling them to vote for Hillary, which would effectively enable them to get the life they deserve.”
Asked how he plans to make that happen, President Obama argued that “there’s only one way to do that” and that’s appointing a new Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States, “because these ties are killing us.” “I’m not going to get into the ‘what would happen if’ part of the story, but I can tell you that we’d be having a very different conversation right now if Justice Scalia were still alive and well,” he opined. “Therefore, what we need to do is make sure this kind of situation doesn’t happen again. After all, SCOTUS did such a wonderful job with the same-sex marriage ruling. That wouldn’t have happened if we had had the current Supreme Court line-up at the time.”
“What we must understand here and what I’ve been saying for so long is – undocumented and financially-challenged people who are in this country right now are living, breathing creatures just like you and me. They cannot and should not be denied a right to live here and contribute to this great country. And in order to do that, we need to appoint a new Justice soon, so that, when the presidential election comes, those people, along with the rest of America, choose the right candidate. Because, what’s the alternative? Trump’s Wall, deportation and ethnic cleansing? I’m kinda thinking no on that,” the President concluded.