Bush-Era Commerce Secretary Warns Trump on Killing DACA

President Donald Trump and Education secretary Betsy DeVos

Carlos Gutierrez, who served as Commerce Secretary under George W. Bush, recently told CNN that if the President decided to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the move would permanently ‘blemish’ the country.

A Permanent Stain to the U.S.

Gutierrez believes that a decision to start deporting kids protected by the DACA would be one of the most notorious immigration-related moves the country has ever witnessed.

I think it would be a permanent stain — a permanent blemish on the U.S. forever,

He said.

The Trump administration will decide this week on whether or not the controversial program continues. Gutierrez thinks Congress should turn the program into law to silence its critics. The main argument against the Obama-era deportation relief program is that its passage is unconstitutional.

Detractors claim that a president has no authority to shield illegal immigrants through deferred action and only Congress can do that. “Let’s make it a law. Let’s fix it,” the former commerce secretary said.

Trump Admin May Kill The Program

Gutierrez’s remarks come in response to mounting speculation that Trump may decide to kill the program that offers deportation relief to immigrants brought by their parents to the U.S. as minors.

Since its creation, DACA has shielded around 800,000 people from deportation by granting them work permits. Congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle urge Trump to leave the program intact. Some of the top-ranking Republicans that back the program are Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Nevertheless, the majority of Republicans think that the program, which started as an executive order signed into law by former President Barack Obama, should have been approved by Congress first.
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