The former President Barack Obama launches a strident attack to suspend a program protecting undocumented migrants.
Washington: On 5th September, President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young documented immigrants from deportation. That leaves about 800,000 young immigrants without a path towards legal immigration or citizenship. This Tuesday, Former President Barack Obama, who signed the order on DACA in 2012 and promised he wouldn’t stay calm if it was in jeopardy, released a statement on Facebook criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program. He then asked Congress to “Protect these young people and our future”.
Obama began his statement by writing that the decision to end DACA was not about “how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules”. Rather than he pointed out that he asked Congress to protect the young people if they met certain requirements. Obama wrote, “That bill never came”. In that post he wrote, “These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license”.
Then he explained why the termination of DACA is responsible:
“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?”.
After that, the former president cleared by saying that dreamers shouldn’t be targeted in the immigration debate. He wrote, “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 . . . Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages”.
He ended his statement by asking Congress to act and “do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel. Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be”. Read Obama’s full statement ahead that he shared on Facebook: