Reaction to Supreme Court deadlock on immigration

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 3:39 PM

Reaction to the Supreme Court deadlock Thursday that effectively kills President Barack Obama's plan to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation:

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"For more than two decades now, our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken. And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back even further; it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be." — President Barack Obama.

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"The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws — only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers." — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

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"This decision is also a stark reminder of the harm Donald Trump would do to our families, our communities, and our country. Trump has pledged to repeal President Obama's executive actions on his first day in office." — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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"Today's 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President. ... This split decision also makes clear what is at stake in November. The election, and the Supreme Court appointments that come with it will decide whether or not we have a border and, hence, a country." — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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"I agree that our immigration system must be revamped, but circumventing Congress and attempting to rewrite the immigration laws simply because you don't get your way is unlawful and contrary to the checks and balances so carefully crafted in the Constitution." — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

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"The Supreme Court's deadlock on the president's immigration actions is a disappointing setback for hard-working, law-abiding immigrant families across America. Nevertheless, we are fully committed to ending the terrible fear of separation that hangs over immigrant families." — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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"In our community, this isn't about politics; it's about the real pain they feel and the fear of being separated. It's a real setback." — Janet Murguia, president and CEO, National Council of La Raza.