Washington (dpa) - US President Barack Obama is frustrated by a Supreme Court move that halts his executive action shielding more illegal immigrants from deportation.
The failure by a divided court to reach a decision on the case "doesn't just set the system back further, it takes us further from the country we aspire to be," Obama says.
"Today's decision is frustrating to those who seek to grow our economy and bring a rationality to our immigration system and allow people to come out of the shadows," he says.
Obama also says the court's ruling reflects the need to confirm a ninth justice. He blames the Senate for failing to give a hearing to his nominee to replace Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this year.