- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A short-handed Supreme Court voted 4-4 Thursday on President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation. The tie leaves in place a lower court ruling and essentially ends the president’s plan for the remainder of his presidency. Some facts about the decision:

- As many of 4 million immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents are affected by the lower court’s decision to block the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, program. It would have allowed qualified immigrants living in the country illegally to apply for permission to stay and work legally.

- The decision does not affect the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has shielded more than 800,000 young immigrants from deportation since 2012.

- The Supreme Court ruling won’t have any significant effect on deportations because Obama had previously announced that most immigrants who don’t have a criminal history and are not considered a threat to national security or public safety are not an immigration enforcement priority.

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