Trump: Democrats ‘don’t really want’ DACA, they just want to take ‘money away from our military’

Trump: Democrats ‘don’t really want’ DACA, they just want to take ‘money away from our military’


Donald Trump

President
Donald Trump.

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  • President Donald Trump railed against Democrats and the
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on
    Sunday.
  • He said Democrats “don’t really want [DACA],” but just
    want to take “desperately needed money away” from the
    military.
  • The tweet came one day after the Trump administration
    resumed processing young undocumented immigrants’ applications
    to renew their DACA protections.

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) in a Sunday morning
tweet. 

“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want
it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away
from our Military,” he wrote

The tweet came one day after the Trump administration, citing a
recent court order, resumed processing young
undocumented immigrants’ applications to renew their protections
under DACA. 

Trump has railed against DACA, which was implemented by the
Obama administration in 2012, and made the issue of illegal
immigration a key tenet of his presidential campaign last year.
His administration announced in September that it would end DACA
by March 5, giving Congress a six-month window to save it.

Lawmakers have been at odds as the deadline looms closer.
While Democrats are pushing to make reforms by the January 19
budget deadline, Republicans appear unwilling to do so unless
they get hardline immigration reforms in exchange. 

Things devolved further when The Washington Post reported
last week that Trump asked, during a bipartisan White House
meeting on Thursday about the fate of DACA, why the United States should
accept immigrants
from “shithole” countries, referring
to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. 

He then suggested, according to The Post, that the US
accept more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime
minister he had met with on Wednesday.

The comment drew immediate and intense backlash
from lawmakers and world leaders alike, many of whom accused
Trump of being a racist. 

The White House did not deny that Trump made the comment.
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah released a statement shortly
after the story broke. 

“Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President
Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country
stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society,
grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation,” the
statement said.

“He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap
measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and
undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States
through a legal pathway.”

Michelle Mark contributed to this report.

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