Two former U.S. Presidents spoke out against Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era deportation relief program known as DACA. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama called it a “self-defeating” and “cruel” decision, while former President Bill Clinton deemed it a “wrong” policy because it raises so many new problems without solving anything first.
Obama agrees that targeting the illegal immigrants brought in to the country by their parents as minors is “wrong.”
To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,
The 44th President wrote in a Facebook post.
Obama also thinks that the policy is “self-defeating” because those people want a job and a new life in the U.S. and can even serve in the country’s military. “[It] is cruel,” Trump’s predecessor concluded.
A Political Decision
In the post, Obama did not mention his successor by name, but he slammed his motives for killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Obama thinks the decision was politically motivated despite raising a lot of moral questions.
Obama underlined that DACA recipients are in the U.S. through no fault of their own and the government should not threaten their future just because Americans have their complaints and concerns about illegal immigration.
The former President hopes Congress passes a bill that would shield DACA recipients from deportation. Trump has granted Capitol Hill lawmakers a 6-month window to come up with the legislation.
Clinton noted the move is wrong because it provides no sensible solution to illegal immigration and creates more problems than it solves. Clinton agrees with Obama that it is “cruel” to send those kids back to their home countries, which many of them not even know. The former president insisted that those kids consider the United States their home and urged Congress to step in and protect “America’s future.”
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