- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on Nevadans’ response to a Supreme Court decision blocking the president’s anti-deportation effort (all times local):

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1:02 p.m.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval says he believes bipartisan immigration reform is needed but executive orders are not the best way to do it.

Sandoval issued a statement Thursday after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on a case challenging President Barack Obama’s deportation relief effort.

Sandoval is Nevada’s first Hispanic governor and takes more moderate stances than fellow Republican elected official Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who praised the court outcome as a victory for the rule of law and the balance of power.

Laxalt last year signed Nevada onto a lawsuit challenging the executive order Obama issued after he said Congress wasn’t acting on immigration reform. Obama’s order would have prevented deportation for millions of people in the country illegally.

Sandoval did not give prior approval to joining the suit.

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12:32 p.m.

Protesters are criticizing Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt for signing on to a case that challenged President Barack Obama’s deportation relief effort.

A group of several dozen demonstrators who chanted and carried banners saying “Deport Laxalt” marched into the lobby of his Las Vegas office on Thursday.

Laxalt did not come out to speak with them, but issued a statement earlier saying a 4-4 Supreme Court decision was a victory for the rule of law.

Nevada is one of 26 states challenging the unilateral immigration action Obama made after he said Congress wasn’t acting on immigration reform. Obama’s order would have prevented deportation for millions of people in the country illegally.

A 10-year-old girl at the protest started crying when she told reporters that her parents could now face deportation.

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10:35 a.m.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is praising a Supreme Court move that blocks President Barack Obama’s anti-deportation effort.

Laxalt said the 4-4 decision Thursday was a victory for the balance of power between the president and Congress, and upholds the rule of law.

The Republican attorney general signed Nevada on to a legal challenge of Obama’s action in January 2015.

Nevada is one of 26 states challenging the unilateral immigration action Obama made after he said Congress wasn’t acting on immigration reform. The move would have prevented deportation for millions of people in the country illegally.

Democrats including Sen. Harry Reid and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto said they’re disappointed in the Supreme Court’s tie, which upholds a lower court’s block on the program.

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