06/27/2016 Chicago Tribune
Few topics have spawned more commentary in recent years than unauthorized immigration, and few have generated as much pressure for a solution. But in a decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court provided a nine-word ruling — “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court,” it read in its entirety — and no resolution. So a matter that has roiled American politics and government for years will go on roiling.
The result of the Supreme Court action was to return the dispute over President Barack Obama‘s immigration program to the lower courts. Obama’s initiative was meant to allow foreigners who are parents of children born here, and people brought here as children, to remain in the country despite their unauthorized status. It removed the threat that they would be deported.