Newt Gingrich said the fate of the "Dreamers" rightly belongs in the hands of Congress, not the executive branch.

The former speaker of the House said President Trump showed one of the "best examples of real leadership" by ending the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The DACA program was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allows for certain people who come to the U.S. illegally as minors protection from immediate deportation.

"What Trump has said is, he's going to enforce the Constitution, that keeps his campaign promise, but he's going to give Congress the opportunity to fix it so it won't be unconstitutional," said the author of the New York Times best seller "Understanding Trump."

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Gingrich said the question at hand is, "Are you prepared to cause huge pain to over 800,000 people over a theoretical principle?"

"It is relatively innocent people who have been living in America for a long time," Gingrich reminded, adding that Congress should find a way to protect their residency in the country.

"Congress can do it in three weeks if they focus," the former speaker said. "They should get it done."

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