Trump in a 'Position of Weakness'? Tarlov, Boothe Spar on 'Dreamer' Decision
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The program, which was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012, shields from deportation approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program is rescinded, but they will continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to work on legislation before any "Dreamers" are potentially deported.
On "Outnumbered" today, Jessica Tarlov and Lisa Boothe got into a back-and-forth while discussing this controversial move by the Trump administration.
Tarlov argued there are much more pressing issues that the White House could be working on, such as Hurricane Harvey relief, tax reform, health care and infrastructure.
"This was not an issue that needed to be dealt with, and I feel that President Trump came to it actually from a position of weakness," Tarlov said. "He didn't know what to do and he went back to immigration because that's a rallying cry for his base, because he's not getting anything else done."
Boothe said Trump is doing what he needs to do to fix an unconstitutional program, and that means getting it in the hands of Congress.
"Congress has the authority to rewrite the laws, on the president of the United States," she explained.
Tarlov said there's now an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to come together and pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, which addresses the DACA program, border security and a host of other immigration-related issues.
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