- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Reaction from Utah officials to a divided decision from the U.S. Supreme Court blocking President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Utah was one of 26 Republican-dominated states that challenged the Obama initiatives in court:

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a Republican, said the president overstepped his authority and it should be Congress that takes up matters such as immigration.

“If Congress is ignored, any extension of benefits or rights is tenuous and subject to being withdrawn as arbitrarily as they were given,” Reyes said. “The Latino Community and all Americans deserve better,” Reyes said.”

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Jon Cox, a spokesman for Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, said in a statement that “the governor believes that if the president would like to change a law, he should work with Congress to do so.”

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“President Obama may have thought may have thought he could use a pen and a phone to steamroll the democratic process, but the Supreme Court has reminded him that there is a proper way to change our laws.” - U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

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“I applaud the judiciary for holding the Obama administration accountable to the law and for striking a major blow against executive overreach.” - U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a statement.

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Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis, a Democrat, said he was saddened and sickened by the court’s decision, which he said leaves thousands of Utah youth in limbo.

“Shamefully, the state petitioned the Supreme Court in a direction to facilitate the deportation of Utah Dreamers,” Dabakis said in a statement. “These innocent children were brought to Utah by their parents at a young age. The sins of the fathers should not be brought down upon the heads of the children.”

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