The Supreme Court dealt President Obama a major blow today on immigration reform. The high court blocked Obama's executive order on anti-deportation.
The decision was split 4-4, affirming the ruling of the lower court that said Obama was overstepping his bounds by bypassing the legislative branch.
The court announced its decision Thursday morning, saying, "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court."
House Speaker Paul Ryan was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision.
"It's a win for Congress and it's a win in our fight to restore the separation of powers," he said in a press conference before noon. "Presidents don't write laws. Congress writes laws."
Ryan reiterated: "Congress -- not the president -- writes our laws. And today the Supreme Court validated that very core essential fundamental principle."
The issue will now return to a lower court since the Supreme Court's decision was a 4-4 tie due to the vacancy of deceased conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
Obama signed the executive order in 2014 blocking deportations of illegal immigrants who are taking jobs and social services from American citizens.
Obama claimed he was left with no choice after Republicans refused to allow a "yes or no vote" on the immigration bill.
The president has quietly resettled 100 Syrians and Iraqis in America per day over the past year.
It is estimated there are 11 million illegal aliens in America.