In a tied decision today, the Supreme Court upheld an injunction blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, which would have benefited millions of immigrants.
"The fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be," said Obama at a press conference today, calling the decision "frustrating" and "heartbreaking." He added: "Leaving the broken system the way it is, that’s not a solution. That’s the real amnesty."
Activists, presidential candidates and public officials took to social media today to react to the decision.
Dreamer Erika Andiola, an immigrant rights activist and the national Latino outreach press secretary for Bernie Sanders, wrote on Facebook, in Spanish: "The Supreme Court ruled n the case of # USvTX (expanded DACA and DAPA) with a 4 to 4 tie. That tie means that DAPA and the expansion of DACA remain blocked. But we have to keep fighting! It is important to emphasize that the original DACA from 2012 still stands."
Gaby Pacheco, a Dreamer and immigrant rights leader, wrote on Twitter:
— Gaby Pacheco (@GabyPacheco1) June 23, 2016
Jose Antonio Vargas, an activist and journalist who founded the Define American organization, wrote on Twitter:
w/ DACA, I could have applied to travel outside US for humanitarian reasons and visit my Mom, who I haven't seen for 22 years. #SCOTUS
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) June 23, 2016
Angy Rivera, an activist who starred in the documentary Don't Tell Anyone wrote on Twitter:
— ANGY (@AskAngy) June 23, 2016
Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union Rocio Saenz wrote on Twitter:
— SEIU (@SEIU) June 23, 2016
Presidential c andidates
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter:
Today's heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2016
Senator Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter:
Today's deadlocked immigration ruling means that more than 4 million aspiring Americans will be left waiting for much-needed answers.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 23, 2016
Donald Trump wrote on Twitter:
SC has kept us safe from exec amnesty--for now. But Hillary has pledged to expand it, taking jobs from Hispanic & African-American workers.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2016
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote on Twitter:
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 23, 2016
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) wrote on Twitter:
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) June 23, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote on Twitter:
BREAKING: President Obama's use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is now null and void: pic.twitter.com/hsDrVSS93a
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 23, 2016
Texas Governor Paul Abbott wrote on Twitter:
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 23, 2016
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) wrote on Twitter:
— Loretta Sanchez (@LorettaSanchez) June 23, 2016
Rep. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wrote on Twitter:
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) June 23, 2016
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wrote on Twitter:
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) June 23, 2016
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) wrote on Twitter:
— Rep Donna F Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) June 23, 2016