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Due to 4-4 tie, Supreme Court leaves in place lower court injunction on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration 

Murray: “Families in Washington state and around the country will be forced back into the shadows.” 

“This… underscores why Republicans’ refusal to even consider filling the vacant Supreme Court seat is so damaging to families, our country, our economy and our judicial process.”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court split 4-4 decision in the case United States v. Texas. The decision leaves in place a lower court injunction that blocks the President’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014, which impacts more than four million undocumented immigrants and their families, and nearly 79,000 people in Washington state. It will have a significant impact on the Latino community nationwide and impacts other communities across the country. This prevents the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program from moving forward while the case is adjudicated in the lower courts.

“Today’s Supreme Court split decision is a truly devastating blow to children and families across the country and to the American values that so many of us hold dear,” said Senator Murray. “By not allowing the President’s common sense reforms to be implemented, families in Washington state and around the country will be forced back into the shadows—and this is simply wrong. This ruling speaks to the urgent need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and it underscores why Republicans’ refusal to even consider filling the vacant Supreme Court seat is so damaging to families, our country, our economy and our judicial process.”

In April, Senator Murray released a statement on the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on the case United States v. Texas. In March, Senator Murray joined 224 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Obama administration’s executive actions in the case. In June 2015, Senator Murray called for comprehensive immigration reform on the Senate floor, and in November 2014 Senator Murray spoke on the Senate floor in support of the President’s administrative action to improve the immigration system after the House of Representatives refused to act on bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate.

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