Immigration

From Dreamers to Trump, U.S. reacts to Supreme Court immigration decision

Candidates, elected officials, and activists shared their thoughts on social media.
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23 Jun 2016 – 2:23 PM EDT

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.

Activists
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:

Jose Antonio Vargas, an activist and journalist who founded the Define American organization, wrote on Twitter:

Angy Rivera, an activist who starred in the documentary Don't Tell Anyone wrote on Twitter:

Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union Rocio Saenz wrote on Twitter:

Presidential c andidates
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter:

Senator Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter:

Donald Trump wrote on Twitter:

Public officials
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote on Twitter:

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) wrote on Twitter:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote on Twitter:

Texas Governor Paul Abbott wrote on Twitter:

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) wrote on Twitter:

Rep. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wrote on Twitter:

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wrote on Twitter:

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) wrote on Twitter:


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