Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke out on Thursday in response to the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The court, still with only eight members on the bench since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year, ruled 4-4 on Obama’s order that would have shielded millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation. In a post on Twitter, Clinton said, “Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better.”
The program Obama enacted was known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, and would have protected as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation along with providing them work permits. Clinton has called for comprehensive immigration reform and, according to her campaign website, had vowed to “defend President Obama’s executive actions to provide deportation relief for DREAMers and parents of Americans and lawful residents, and extend those actions to additional persons with sympathetic cases if Congress refuses to act.”
Clinton posted a similar message with her reaction to the ruling in Spanish on Twitter as well.
Desgarradora decisión de #CorteSuprema de inmigración podría separar 5 millones de familias en riesgo de deportación. Tenemos que hacer más.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2016