- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) - In the wake of a Supreme Court deadlock that effectively killed two of President Barack Obama’s immigration programs, Congressman Gerry Connolly will dine with two young men from immigrant families.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court reached a 4-4 tie on the constitutionality of the programs. That means a lower court ruling against the programs remains in place. One would have protected the parents of children who are in the country legally, while the other was an expansion of benefits for people who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Connolly, a Northern Virginia Democrat, calls the court’s action “a devastating setback for millions of families.” On Friday evening, he’ll have dinner with a George Mason University graduate and a high school senior who stood to benefit from the programs.

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