Supreme Court will not re-hear immigration case

FILE - In this June 29, 2015, file photo, members of security stand outside of the Supreme Court in Washington. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans alike. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined an Obama administration request to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench.

The justices on Monday rejected the appeal with no comment. The high court split 4-4 in late June, effectively killing the White House’s plans to shield from deportation immigrants who are in the country illegally and provide them work permits.

The court has been short-handed since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February.

The case still could return to the court, but probably not until a later term.