Former President Barack Obama is displeased with the White House’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“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. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be,” Obama wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the program.
Obama created the initiative in 2012 and asked that Congress doesn’t eliminate it, considering all the opportunities it has afforded youngsters of illegal immigrants.
“This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” the former president 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,” he continued.
”And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?,” Obama wrote.
AG Sessions said that Obama’s program is unconstitutional and illegal because he circumvented around Congress to get the bill passed. But Trump’s administration to erase the program has nothing to do with legalities, said Obama.
“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question,” he wrote. “Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.”
Obama asked that Congress keeps the youngsters in mind when deciding their decision within the next six months.
“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,” Obama said. “I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.”