Obama Criticizes Immigration Ruling

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. 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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. 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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court blocking President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation (all times local):

12 p.m.

President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court decision blocking his immigration plan sets the system back and “takes us further from the country we aspire to be.”

Obama says America has been a refuge for the world for more than two centuries. He says it’s a diverse and inclusive nation because it’s a nation of immigrants.

Obama sought to use his own authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrantsliving illegally in the country.

The high court, which tied 4-4, effectively kills Obama’s plan for the duration of his presidency.

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11:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama will speak from the White House at midday Thursday about the Supreme Court vote on his immigration plan.

The White House says Obama will deliver a statement at 11:45 a.m. EDT from the Brady Press Briefing Room. The statement was hastily arranged and comes just before Obama departs Washington for a trip to the West Coast.

The high court’s tie vote effectively kills Obama’s plan for the duration of his presidency.

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10:40 a.m.

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.

The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the rest of Obama’s presidency.

A tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.

Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states’ lawsuit.

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