Barack Obama being the predecessor president of the United States has condemned Donald Trump’s decision to dissolve the program safe guarding young undocumented immigrants in the US.
Obama clearly stated that the decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals scheme, or DACA, was “cruel” and lacked “basic decency”
To target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they’ve done nothing wrong. My statement: https://t.co/TCxZdld7L4
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) 5 September 2017
On the other contrary Trump announced that he would get rid of the program in the coming six months.
The fate of these 800,000 undocumented immigrants could be worse unless and until the congress speaks into it. Young people would be at risk of displacement and unable to earn a living illegally when their two year permits expire.
The greater percentage of these immigrants were brought to US as children by their completely unaware of the consequences.
In a statement, Obama said:
“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. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people ― and who we want to be.”
Obama stated the program in 2012 and urged undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to come forward to the government, pay a fee and undergo a reality check before receiving a two-year work permit and reprieve from deportation.
He did so after legislative efforts to help so-called Dreamers failed multiple times, as he noted in his statement.
″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, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country.”
Trump affirmed during his presidential campaign to immediately confine DACA, but Obama requested him no to do so both publicly and in private conversations.
In his concluding press conference as president, Obama said he would speak out if Trump targeted Dreamers “who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids and send them someplace else when they love this country; they are our kids’ friends and their classmates, and are now entering into community colleges or, in some cases, serving in our military”.
“The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves I think would be something that would merit me speaking out,” Obama said at the time.
Trump proved his presidential ending up the DACA policy, which was Obama’s most significant achievements.
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