Hundreds of thousands of people living illegally in Southern California were facing a sobering new reality Thursday: The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t coming to their rescue, and their fate may be tied more precariously than ever to the outcome of this year’s presidential election.
News that the high court deadlocked, blocking President Obama’s immigration plan from moving forward, quickly spread anxiety across a region with one of the nation’s largest concentrations of unauthorized immigrants.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said the court stalemate “leaves millions of families in America facing a troubled and uncertain future.” One Orange County immigration advocate, Hairo Cortes, called it “a punch in the gut,” and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the ruling is “not what America stands for.”
Meanwhile, those calling for a crackdown on illegal…