WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Thursday after the Supreme Court announced that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation:
“Senate Republicans must stop playing politics and confirm a ninth justice to the Supreme Court.
“Today’s deadlocked immigration ruling means that more than 4 million aspiring Americans in the United States will be left waiting for much-needed answers to our broken immigration system. We cannot let their future, and the future of so many more vulnerable people, fall into the bigoted hands of Donald Trump.
“We must ensure that millions of families are no longer separated by unjust deportations. We must stop the raids, decouple local law enforcement from immigration enforcement, end family detention and close down private detention centers that currently house thousands of immigrants.”