Barack Obama Blasts Trump’s Decision To End DACA

By on September 5, 2017

The administration of President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that it would be ending the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy established by his predecessor.

The policy allowed those whose parents brought them to the United States without documentation the right to live in the country as they pursue avenues of becoming documented citizens. More than 800,000 may be affected or even deported because of the change in policy.

Trump’s new rules end any new applicants from taking advantage of DACA, and phases out the policy entirely over the next six months. Trump also signaled in a tweet earlier on Tuesday that the future of DACA was in the hands of Congress at this point.

Trump also retweeted what appeared to be a “dog whistle” post sent by a Trump fan account shortly after, assuring Americans that “the men and women [of this country] will no longer be forgotten.”

Many have been critical of the Trump administration’s decision. But taking to his own social media accounts this afternoon, former President Barack Obama laid out the most reasoned take on the choice made by Trump to rescind the policy.

“People of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules,” Obama began in a Facebook note on the subject. “But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about.”

Obama expressed dismay at the decision, calling it “cruel” as well as many other descriptive adjectives.

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. 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 also emphasized that today’s decision wasn’t necessary — it was a choice made by Trump and his advisers, and nothing more. This was “a political decision, and a moral question” for Trump to make, 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 pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us,” Obama added.

He concluded by addressing the fundamental question of what makes a person an American. “What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray,” Obama wrote. “What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation.”

Obama’s assessment of Trump’s decision to end DACA was a clearly articulated opinion of where we are in America today. The DREAMers are here because this is the only home they know. They do not deserve the punishment that the Trump administration is preparing for them — they deserve our sympathy, and a reasoned approach to the immigration question.

Read Obama’s full note below (via Facebook)

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill…

Posted by Barack Obama on martes, 5 de septiembre de 2017