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Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court for New Immigration Review With 9 Justices

The filing also highlights the Republican-controlled Senate's refusal to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland

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    In this file photo from April 18, 2016, Mario Gochez, from New Jersey, joins other supporters of immigration reform in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The court deadlocked in ruling on a crucial immigration case in June, effectively killing President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

    The Obama administration says the Supreme Court should seek to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench.

    The Justice Department request filed Monday argues that the court should not let the 4-4 tie in late June that effectively killed the White House's plans be the last word on an issue of such importance.

    The court has been shorthanded since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February.

    The filing also highlights the Republican-controlled Senate's refusal to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to take Scalia's place. Until now, Justice Louis Brandeis endured the longest wait before a Senate vote, 125 days. Tuesday marks 125 days since Garland's nomination.

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