Former President Barack Obama spoke out publicly on Tuesday, commenting on President Trump’s decision to rescind his executive order that granted legal status to nearly 800,000 illegal immigrant minors currently living in the United States.
Obama slammed President Trump’s decision on his official Facebook page, calling the “cruel” action a “political” stunt that would force hundreds of thousands of immigrants back into “the shadows.”
“But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. 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,” said the former President.
“Ultimately, this is about basic decency. 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,” Obama wrote.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the President’s plan to “wind down” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals earlier Tuesday, saying the program was unconstitutional and unlawful; circumventing Congressional approval in advancing the country’s immigration laws.
“In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that ‘I can’t just do these things by myself’ – and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic,” said President Trump in a statement.