Supreme Court has rejected Obama request to re-hear immigration case

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Immigration activists rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear arguments in a challenge by 26 states over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's executive action to defer deportation of certain immigrant children and parents who are in the country illegally in Washington April 18, 2016. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Immigration activists rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has declined an Obama administration request to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined an Obama administration request to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench.

The justices on Monday rejected the appeal with no comment. The high court split 4-4 in late June, effectively killing the White House’s plans to shield from deportation immigrants who are in the country illegally and provide them work permits.

The court has been short-handed since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February.

The case still could return to the court, but probably not until a later term.

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