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Presumptive Democratic presidential candiate Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her intent to introduce immigration reform in her first 100 days in office following the Supreme Court news that disappointed many immigrant families and activists.
"My heart is really breaking for the 5 million people in this country who have been waiting for the decision and are facing deportation, living with fear every single day," said Clinton to Telemundo's José Díaz-Balart. "Throughout my campaign, I've been talking to so many people who were so hopeful, you know families affected by these actions."
Díaz-Balart asked Clinton if she still planned to "go further" on immigration actions following Thursday's ruling.
"I'm going to be introducing comprehensive immigration reform in those first 100 days and I'm going to be doing everything I can using whatever tools I have as president to remove the fear from families and to stop the raids and the roundups," said Clinton. "We're gonna get to comprehensive immigration reform when I am president."
Clinton stressed that young immigrants who had qualified for deferred action from deportation under President Obama's DACA program were not affected by Thursday's 4-4 ruling, which effectively impeded the administration's expanded deportation deferral programs from implementation following a lawsuit from several states.
When asked by Díaz-Balart how the court's actions affect the presidential campaign, she said it "shows how high the stakes are for families because Donald Trump has promised that if he's elected president, he will deport all these families and all 11 million of the undocumented immigrants in our country."
On Thursday, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced that Clinton will address their national convention in July. “LULAC is honored to have the first woman to lead a major party ticket address our national convention in July,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr.