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Obama labels Trump’s immigration policy roll-back “self-defeating”

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Former US president Barack Obama has decried his successor President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), his executive order-sanctioned amnesty for the estimated 800,000 people brought to America illegally as children.

Obama described it as “wrong,” “self-defeating” and “cruel.”

Obama posted his reaction on Facebook, slamming President Trump, while calling on Congress to fix the issue once and for all.

“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”, he wrote.

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Trump had Tuesday officially announced his administration’s decision ending the amnesty following days of speculations around his exact approach.

“I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded,” Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions had said.

Sessions went on to argue that the amnesty put in place by Obama was unconstitutional and “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs”.

With this reversal, Congress has a six-month window to provide legislative solution to the ‘Dreamers’ immigration quagmire before likely deportations will kick in.

 

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