President Donald Trump has officially announced that his administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay. Trump’s intention to end the Obama-era program has put the future of nearly one million people in jeopardy. The announcement has prompted lawsuits, legislative action, and backlash from numerous politicians. President Obama recently issued a statement condemning the policy and President Bill Clinton has now joined him.
In his statement, which was posted on Clinton’s Facebook page, the president said that Trump’s decision to end DACA would “crush” dreams. More than being a bad policy, ethically speaking, Clinton argued that it was bad policy because it solved a problem that did not exist while creating several real ones.
‘It’s wrong because it’s bad policy that solves no pressing problem and raises new ones. It’s wrong because it’s irresponsible, passing the buck instead of offering sensible solutions for immigration reform. Most of all, it’s wrong because it’s cruel to send these young people to places many of them have never lived and do not know. For them this is home. The United States is their home.’
Clinton said that instead of condemning the Dreamers, we should, instead, embrace them as Americans. They have gone to our schools, served in our military and contributed in countless other ways to our society. In every way that matters, they are Americans. To deport them would be to rip them away from the only home they have ever known and send them back to countries where they do not know the culture or even the language. For some, their only welcome may be one of violence.
There are those who debate as to whether or not what their parents did by bringing their children to the U.S. in hopes of giving them a better life was right or wrong. However, no one can argue that the Dreamers did anything wrong. Trump’s policy is cruel and it is bad for the country, which is why Clinton called upon Congress to take action and resolve this issue.
‘Instead of punishing them, we should find ways to openly embrace them and to empower them to make their own contributions, as previous generations of immigrants have done.
Congress should act immediately to protect their status and pave the way for their future and America’s future.’
Clinton’s full statement can be seen below.
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