On Monday morning, President Obama was served a blow by the Supreme Court when it rejected the administration's request to rehear a case about his immigration executive orders.
The policy in question would have granted millions of immigrants relief from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States. President Obama signed the executive order in 2014 after immigrants and families of immigrants begged the administration to keep their families together. The program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), specifically targeted the undocumented parents of American citizens or lawful permanent residents.
In 2015, the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals handed down an injunction that prevented the program from going into effect. The federal government appealed the ruling in case United States v. Texas No. 15-674 and in June 2016, it went before the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, millions of families were once again let down when the court, short one justice in the wake of Antonin Scalia's death and the GOP's refusal to fill his seat, deadlocked and the lower court's ruling held.
The Administration petitioned the SCOTUS after the non-ruling was issued and asked them to reconsider, saying a nine-member Supreme Court "should be the final arbiter of these matters through a definitive ruling." The Court refused and now it will be up to the next president to decide whether or not to pursue the matter further. Donald Trump has already said he has no intention of granting relief, while Hillary Clinton has promised to make immigration reform a top priority.
Sadly, for the millions of families who live with the fear that one of their loved ones will be ripped away from them, Monday's ruling was another crushing blow in a decades long struggle.