Former President Barack Obama has spoken out about Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA.
Obama wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that he decided to implement DACA through an executive order during his presidency because “it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents.”
“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel,” he wrote.
Obama called for Congress to act quickly to pass legislation to protect those who would be impacted by the end of the program.
“It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today,” Obama wrote.
“And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future.”
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Posted by Barack Obama on Tuesday, September 5, 2017