Obama Calls Trump's DACA Phase-Out 'Cruel,' 'Self-Defeating'

President Obama Addressed Questions About Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange at the former President's Final Press Conference. Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsiavais
President Obama Addressed Questions About Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange at the former President's Final Press Conference.

September 05, 2017 08:15 PM

Former President Barack Obama calls President Donald Trump's decision to phase out the so-called DACA program "cruel" and "self-defeating."

The program has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it's rescinding the program and leaving it to Congress to come up with an alternative.

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RELATED: Trump Rescinding DACA Program Protecting Young Immigrants

Obama did not mention Trump by name in his statement but says a "shadow has been cast" over some of the nation's best and brightest young people. He says targeting them is wrong "because they have done nothing wrong."


What do you think of President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months?

Let your elected officials know your views on the issue.

Here are the websites and contact numbers of Minnesota's Congressional delegation:

Rep. Tim Walz (D) - (202) 225-2472; https://walzforms.house.gov/contact/

Rep. Jason Lewis (R) - (202) 225-2271; https://jasonlewis.house.gov/contact/

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) - (202) 225-2871; https://paulsen.house.gov/contact-me/

Rep. Betty McCollum (D) - (202) 225-6631; https://mccollum.house.gov/contact/email

Rep. Tom Emmer (R) - (202) 225-2331; https://emmer.house.gov/contact/email

Rep. Collin Peterson (D) - (202) 225-2165; https://collinpeterson.house.gov/contact-me

Rep. Rick Nolan (D) - (202) 225-6211; https://nolan.house.gov/contact


Obama says it's up to members of Congress to act and he joins his voice with the majority of Americans who hopes Congress will step up.

RELATED: Minnesotans Prepare For Possible Loss of DACA Program

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