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Clinton: SCOTUS Immigration Decision ‘Could Tear Apart’ Families

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton, who has pledged throughout her campaign to take on immigration reform in her first 100 days as president, called Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling "heartbreaking and "unacceptable."

"Today's heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better," she tweeted.

The Supreme Court’s 4-4 deadlock blocked the Obama administration policy that would have offered more than four million undocumented immigrants a chance to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

In a statement released in both English and Spanish, the presumptive Democratic nominee also reiterated her belief that President Obama is within his constitutional rights to use executive actions. She said the decision underscores the high stakes in the presidential election.

"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. He has called Mexican immigrants 'rapists' and 'murderers.' He has called for creating a deportation force to tear 11 million people away from their families and their homes," she said.

Trump has yet to react to Thursday’s decisions.

Clinton has said she will do everything she can to protect the president's executive actions and that she plans to "go further" should she win the White House in November.

Meanwhile, Clinton called the high court’s decision upholding the University of Texas’ admissions policies as a “win for all Americans.”

The 4-3 ruling rejected a challenge by Abigail Fisher, a white Houston resident, who was denied admission to the University of Texas in 2008 and filed a lawsuit challenging the university’s consideration of race in admissions.

"Having a student body with diverse experiences and perspectives breaks down barriers, enriches academia, and prepares our young people to be leaders and citizens in our increasingly diverse country,” Clinton said in a statement.

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