President Donald Trump appeared to affirm a report saying that he would end former President Barack Obama’s controversial “DREAM Act” Tuesday, and he did it in just a short, eight-word tweet.
“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” he tweeted.
The report from Politico Sunday said that the president was mulling over rescinding the 2012 memo creating the program that granted a quasi-legal status to illegal aliens who had been brought into the country as children. But it came with a critical caveat — that he would give Congress six months to come up with legislation to shore up the program or provide some sort of legal status to current DREAMers.
DACA stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” and has already been granted to about 800,000 people who were previously in the country illegally.
Some immigration hardliners were angry with the report. Ann Coulter tweeted, “Hey, anybody remember what @realDonaldTrump said about “Dreamers” when he was appealing to voters, not the Swamp?” with a link to a video of Trump from the 2016 presidential campaign. In the video he says, “You know what I want? I want DREAMers to come from this country, OK” referring to the euphemism for those who are granted DACA status.
Trump’s tweet indicates that he will be passing the torch to Congress and give them the opportunity to save the DACA program.
Illegal immigration advocates were also angered by the announcement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) excoriated the president in a scathing statement calling him “cowardly” for wanting to end the amnesty and praised the DREAMers as “patriotic.”
Muslim comedian and frequent cable news commentator Dean Obeidallah responded, “What a cowardly way to destroy the lives of nearly 800,000 young people all to satisfy the white supremacists.”
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also criticized the president over the DACA report and was assailed on social media over it.
The announcement to end the DACA executive action but also give Congress a chance to enshrine it into law is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.