Another former president has come out against the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for young undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
After Barack Obama issued a scathing statement condemning Trump’s decision to end his 2012 policy and put 800,000 young immigrants at risk of deportation — despite their having grown up and worked in the U.S. longer than anywhere else — former President Bill Clinton called canceling DACA “bad policy.”
But he didn’t stop there.
Statement from President Bill Clinton on the White House’s decision to terminate DACA pic.twitter.com/c7gZQk9VTZ
— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) September 6, 2017
“DACA has brought hundreds of thousands of young people out of the shadows — allowing them to live without fear, go to school, work, and contribute to America in countless other ways,” Clinton said. “These young people’s dreams are part of the American Dream. And they make it more real for all of us. Today’s decision by the White House to terminate DACA — and that is effectively what it attempts to do — will crush their dreams and weaken the American Dream for the rest of us.”
Clinton said the decision “solves no pressing problem and raises new ones. It’s wrong because it’s irresponsible, passing the buck instead of offering sensible solutions for immigration reform. Most of all, it’s wrong because it’s cruel to send these young people to places many of them have never lived and do not know. For them tihs is home. The United States is their home.”
In announcing the decision on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the policy “unconstitutional” and said it would not stand up to legal challenge. Trump defended the decision by saying that DACA is an example of executive overreach and that “The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws.”
Yet on Tuesday night, after saying it was up to Congress to pass a DACA law in an apparent attempt to brush off responsibility, Trump tweeted that if lawmakers didn’t get a bill done, he would have to step in. But that’s not executive overreach?
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
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