Democratic Leaders Outraged Over DACA Axing
Democratic leaders were quick to express outrage over President Trump's decision to let Congress decide the fate of "Dreamers," children brought to the U.S. illegally.
The president passed the baton to Congress regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era program was criticized as an overreach of executive authority.
Obama in 2012 called the "Dreamer" program "a temporary stop-gap measure."
"This is temporary. Congress needs to act," the former president said.
Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez called the decision a "devastating blow to families & our economy."
By targeting immigrants who were brought here as kids, Trump has dealt a devastating blow to families & our economy. We will #DefendDACA.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) September 5, 2017
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed the president's "cowardice" and "cruelty."
Trump’s cowardice is on full display today. His cruelty must not stand! #ProtectDREAMers
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 5, 2017
Earlier this week former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for people to "fight with everything we've got" to defend DACA.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 4, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said scrapping the program was "heartless" and will "rip families apart."
Americans know how heartless ending #DACA is; ripping apart families & telling ppl who have worked hard to become Americans they must leave.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 5, 2017
Congress has six months to come up with a plan to support the almost 800,000 "Dreamers."
President Trump's diversity chief Bruce Levell said he was "optimistic" Congress will "come up with a good plan."
Trump's national diversity coalition head: I'm hopeful Congress will come up with a good plan https://t.co/Ik0H5a5cgk
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) September 5, 2017
"Dreamers" have said they are ready to "fight like hell."