In a Thursday morning press conference, President Obama responded to the Supreme’s Court deadlocked vote on his administration’s immigration plan.
President Obama said he made the choice to take measures with his authority to ensure a fair immigration system that he stated is broken.
“More than 730,000 lives changed as a result of the Dream Act. Today’s decision does not affect existing dreamers,” said Obama. “Today’s ruling is a result of the Republican failure to give my Supreme Court nominee a hearing. That would have prevented the tie.”
Earlier Thursday, the High Court voted 4-4 on the president’s immigration proposal that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
Throughout the press conference, the president pointed to Congress’s inability to act on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination for the open justice position as the reason the plan remains stalled.
“Here’s the bottom line, we have a very real choice that America faces right now. We will continue to implement programs already in place, but we can’t move forward because the Supreme Court was unable to make a decision.”
President Obama added immigration will ultimately be reformed at some point.
“Congress can’t ignore America forever,” the president said. ” It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”
Meanwhile, in a press release following the Court’s decision, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his happiness with the ruling.
“Today, Article I of the Constitution was vindicated. The Supreme Court’s ruling makes the president’s executive action on immigration null and void. The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws—only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers,” Ryan stated.