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Obama dubs DACA reversal as 'cruel, self-defeating, wrong'

06 September 2017

He approved the program in 2012 after unsuccessful efforts in Congress to pass a measure that would allow children of undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally to avoid deportation.

"Hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly", Trump - who campaigned on a promise that "I alone can fix it" - said Tuesday afternoon, passing the hot button political issue to Congress with the clock ticking. "All can not be accepted". Texas and other states that maintained their "disingenuous threat to sue must also be held accountable for their despicable role in this body blow to the nation".

All these opportunities were made possible because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA. They have purchased their first cars and homes.

Brannon estimates that repealing DACA would also hit the US government by deporting taxpayers. The state of Texas has the second largest number of DACA-eligible individuals in the country, and the same is true as a county for our location, Harris County. They said the program was on shaky legal ground and would not have survived legal challenges in the courts.

Trump professing love for DACA "Dreamers" is nothing new, though today's statements stand as particularly galling and hollow in light of this morning's events. Congress is being asked to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018. Existing permits that end before that date can be extended and will be honored for up to two years.

People who miss the October deadline will be disqualified from renewing their permission to remain in the country and could face deportation, although the Trump administration has said it will not actively provide their information to immigration authorities.

Cucchiara went on to say that DACA seemed like a compassionate program, but it provided an incentive for undocumented families to put their children in danger in order to cross the southern border - resulting in injuries and deaths of children. "But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act", he said. Paul Ryan, the Speaker in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, released a statement on Tuesday. I won't hesitate to do my job and take legal action if the federal government breaks the law as it ends its commitment to these young people.

Former President Obama criticized the decision as "cruel" and "self-defeating". Obama defended his approval of the program, noting he waited years for Congress to act on immigration reforms, but they did not.

Trump has said this is one of his most hard decisions as president.

The situation is serious here in Los Angeles. In Denver, Colorado, hundreds of teachers and students gathered outside Metro State University.

Trump's decision to rescind the program was widely unpopular - particularly among the Democrats who had championed the program since 2012, but also among some conservatives who called for compassion for the roughly 800,000 DACA recipients who have lived in the United States for years and in many cases know no other home.

Obama dubs DACA reversal as 'cruel, self-defeating, wrong'