- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on Supreme Court’s immigration ruling and the effects in New Mexico. (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The nation’s only Latina governor says President Barack Obama never had the authority to issue an executive order to protect immigrants living in the country illegally.

The office for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said the executive order, which the Supreme Court blocked on Thursday, was a reckless decision and underscored the lack of leadership in Washington.

Martinez spokesman Mike Lonergan says the president did nothing for years and then tried waving around a magic pen to give defacto citizenship to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Martinez did not directly mention the Supreme Court ruling blocking Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

She has urged Congress to pass immigration reform.

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2 p.m.

Immigrant advocates in New Mexico are denouncing Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan.

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center legal director Eva Eitzen says the decision halted common sense policies and urged the Obama Administration to seek a rehearing.

Bertha Campos, an Albuquerque business owner who could have sought temporary relief from deportation, says despite the ruling advocates will continue to organizing against deportations.

But University of New Mexico graduate student Alejandro Mendiaz-Rivera says he was fearful for some of his immigrant family members who are losing protections.

The high court’s tie vote effectively kills Obama’s plan to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

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11:30 a.m.

A college in western New Mexico says it will continue to recruit immigrant students living in the country illegally despite Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling.

Western New Mexico University spokesman Abe Villarreal says the school will remain “an open, accepting university” to all students who want to attend the college.

The school in Silver City has drawn national attention for openly recruiting immigrant students living in the country illegally known as DREAMers. The university touts on its website that such students are welcome to attend and has targeted students living in Arizona and Texas.

Villarreal says the ruling doesn’t affect the school’s efforts.

A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

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