Supreme Court will not re-hear immigration case

The case still could return to the court

In this June 30, 2014 file photo, the Supreme Court building in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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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