Kansas secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach (R) said it's "ludicrous" to suggest that undocumented individuals in the U.S. on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be granted amnesty.
The Obama-era program allows approximately 700,000 people, called DREAMers, who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation.
During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers earlier this week, President Trump expressed an apparent willingness to work with Democrats on a DACA fix. Many on the right -- including Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter -- have criticized Trump for that stance.
"The DACA amnesty is bad for Americans. It's granting an amnesty to nearly a million people in their twenties and thirties -- their average age is 24 -- who are going to compete against young Americans," Kobach said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
He said not only would it be bad policy, but it also would trigger another surge in illegal immigration.
He said the most troubling thing he saw during Trump's immigration meeting was multiple Republicans repeating the mantra, "We've got to do DACA."
"The idea that we have to do this is ludicrous," Kobach said, arguing that DACA amnesty should only be part of immigration reform in exchange for policies Republicans have advocated for, such as a border wall, E-Verify and an end to chain migration and the visa lottery system.
"We don't need to do DACA," he said. "The notion that we have to rush to grant a bad amnesty is simply false."
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