Nevadans Split Over Court's Immigration Ruling

Jun 23, 2016

Vicky Aguilar, who lacks legal status, speaks during a conference by the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Northern Nevada. Activists said they were disappointed with SCOTUS' decision and planned a protest at the Nevada Attorney General's office.
Credit Bob Fulkerson, PLANN

Nevada's political establishment is split down the middle following the Supreme Court's decision today that blocked President Obama's anti-deportation plan. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Lawmakers, candidates and political groups issued a flood of press releases expressing either disappointment or satisfaction with today's 4-4 decision.

Nevada was one of 26 states that challenged the unilateral action by Obama, which would have shielded upwards of 5 million people from deportation.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who signed the state onto the suit, praised the decision, calling it a victory for the balance of power between the president and Congress.

Meanwhile, Democrats, including Senator Harry Reid expressed disappointment. Reid said the decision only proved how a gridlocked Congress had failed to fix the nation's broken immigration system.

The decision is especially consequential for people like Vicky Aguilar, a cosmetologist in Reno. She's lived in the region for 16 years after moving with her family from Mexico City.

Aguilar says she knows it will be struggle, but continues to hope a fix will come soon so that she and her family can become documented.