Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday tore into President Trump’s decision to end special protections for people who came to the country illegally as children, saying that “children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know.”
McCain said that rescinding President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals.”
The Arizona senator said he “will be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to devise and pass comprehensive immigration reform, which will include the DREAM Act.”
“The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a televised statement on Tuesday.
President Trump released a written statement attacking the DACA program for going beyond his constitutional responsibilities.
“There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will,” Trump said.
“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first,” Trump said.
“We must reform our green card system, which now favors low-skilled immigration and puts immense strain on U.S. taxpayers,” Trump added. “We must base future immigration on merit — we want those coming into the country to be able to support themselves financially, to contribute to our economy, and to love our country and the values it stands for.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Tuesday that Trump’s decision to end DACA will rip apart families.
“Most Americans know how heartless the DACA decision is ripping apart families and telling people who have worked hard to become Americans for years that they have to leave the country,” he said in a statement. “The human and economic toll of rescinding DACA will be far reaching and Democrats will do everything we can to prevent President Trump’s terribly wrong order from becoming reality.”