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The decision resonates powerfully and painfully for millions of people who had hoped the court would revitalise Obama’s executive actions on immigration

A boy wears a T-shirt reading ‘Don’t deport my mom’ as immigration supporters react after the supreme court issued a split ruling on Obama’s immigration policy.

A boy wears a T-shirt reading ‘Don’t deport my mom’ as immigration supporters react after the supreme court issued a split ruling on Obama’s immigration policy. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

in Houston

The long-awaited news from the supreme court was conveyed in a terse sentence: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.”

Beyond the bald language of those nine words, though, is a decision that resonates powerfully and painfully for millions of people who had hoped the court would revitalise Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, rather than produce a 4-4 tie that preserves a lower court’s order blocking the plans.

The stalled programmes known as expanded Daca and Dapa would give as many as 4 million to 5 million immigrants in the US the chance to apply for deportation relief and work permits.

“We were very excited today. We thought we were going to have a positive outcome, but today’s a setback,” said Laura Alvarado through a translator on Thursday. The 50-year-old is a janitor in Houston who came to the US from Mexico 12 years ago and expected to qualify through her 11-year-old daughter, an American citizen. “I had a lot of hopes,” she said, her daughter by her side before a press conference held by pro-immigrant groups in Houston.

“I do feel let down because when we feel like we’re close to victory something gets in the way. I feel like politicians are playing with our lives … [for] people like me, who have kids, who pay taxes, who work really hard, it’s unjust what happened today.”…………..

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English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

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Asia – UN IRIN News

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Asia & CIS (Updated Link!) www.newscentralasia.net/
China english.peopledaily.com.cn/home.html
China www.xinhuanet.com/english/
China www.chinadaily.com.cn/

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