The Supreme Court handed President Obama a significant legal defeat Thursday, refusing to revive his stalled plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States.

In response, Obama sharply criticized congressional Republicans for refusing to consider his nominee to the Supreme Court, and he vowed that programs implemented under his executive authority to prioritize deportations would continue.

Addressing reporters in the White House briefing room, Obama said the stalemate in the Supreme Court, where his nominee to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia would have broken a tie, not only sets the administration back but “takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”

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