“President” Donald Trump continues to ruin our country every day that he holds office, and once again him and his Administration have taken a sledge hammer to everything that our county is predicated on: freedom, the pursuit of happiness and the understanding that we welcome all who want to make this country a better place.
Today the administration called for the end of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – DACA. The announcement will put an end date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as “DREAMers,” who entered the country illegally as children.
“I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws,” Trump said in a statement after handing down the news.
Former President Barack Obama has now issued a formal statement about the decision to rescind DACA, calling the move cruel and purely political
“Today, [a] shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again,” Obama’s statement reads. “To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?”
“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question,” he continues. “Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.”
“What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union,” he adds.
Check out the former President’s full statement below: