Late Tuesday morning, the Trump administration made it official — they were ending DACA.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, enacted under the Obama administration, allowed for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to be protected from deportation. The president’s decision to end this program comes with a catch — the effective date is delayed six months, thus passing off the issue to Congress and ultimately allowing blame to rest with them if they don’t come up with something before the president’s decision goes into effect.
Arizona’s GOP Senator John McCain, who has long proven himself willing to stick it to the Trump administration if necessary, spoke out strongly against the president’s decision to end DACA following it being made official on Tuesday.
In a statement posted to his website, the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman was brutal in his assessment of the president’s decision, flat out calling it “wrong.”
‘President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy… The 800,000 innocent young people granted deferred action under DACA over the last several years are pursuing degrees, starting careers, and contributing to our communities… [R]escinding DACA at this time is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals.’
The Senator did not leave his remarks at condemnation. Instead, he added that he would be working with his fellow lawmakers to “devise and pass comprehensive immigration reform, which will include the DREAM Act.”
Read his full statement below.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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