Obama weighs in Trump’s decision to threaten second generation migrants

MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US President Barack Obama (R) and President-elect Donald Trump (L) meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 November 2016.

Obama weighs in Trump’s decision to threaten second generation migrants


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Taking to Social Media on Tuesday evening, the former US President Barack Obama condemned the Trump administration for targeting second generation migrants.

On Twitter, he condemned the “targeting” of youth.

On his Facebook page, Obama hailed the resistance against President Trump’s “cruel” decision to rescind a 2012 programme that protects from deportation 800,000 undocumented children of illegal immigrants.

“It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.”

This is the first time the former President publically criticizes his successor, even after he tried to dismantle his legacy Obamacare bill. However, Barack Obama’s statements make reference to the “White House” avoiding any personal reference to Donald Trump.

Significantly, the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order has been met with resistance within the Republican Party. A polarized Senate will now face the challenge to negotiate a resolution of the political crisis, which some Republicans want to link with negotiations about funding for the Mexican border wall.

Given considerable push back from the Republican party, President Trump Tweeted on Wednesday that he may be willing to revisit the issue.

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