In an interview with Fox News Tuesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) had high praise for the way President Trump terminated the DACA program, which shields young illegal aliens who were brought to the U.S. by their parents from deportation.
When asked about his opinion on Trump’s decision to end the program, Gingrich responded, “I think this is one of the best examples of real leadership that we’ve seen from President Trump.”
“He campaigned last year on the fact that President Obama’s executive order was unconstitutional,” he continued. “His vice president [Mike Pence], as governor of Indiana, authorized his attorney general to file a lawsuit saying it was unconstitutional. Every one of the president’s major legal advisers says it was unconstitutional. But he also knew that to arbitrarily stop it would put 800,000 people at risk, who came here as children, who really, in many cases, have no other country in their experience than the United States.
“And so, I think he has come up with a very powerful model. Congress, which did not want him to roll [it] back arbitrarily … Congress now has to do its job. This should be doable. It shouldn’t be that hard.
“Lindsey Graham, for example, has a pretty good bill in already, that would allow DACA to be codified by Congress, which would meet the conservative constitutional objective to an executive order, and would allow the dreamers to stay in the U.S. without risk. I think it’s actually real leadership on President Trump’s part to find a path that allows him to both protect the dreamers and enforce the Constitution simultaneously.”
Gingrich noted that the estimated 800,000 dreamers came because their parents brought them, and, in many cases, they literally know no other country.
He said Trump is going to enforce the Constitution, which keeps his campaign promise, but he’s going to give Congress the opportunity to fix it so it won’t be unconstitutional.
When asked, “Would you tie the wall to that?” Gingrich responded, “I would not make 800,000 people hostages. Let’s fix that, and let’s fix the wall. They’re both doable, but I wouldn’t want to diminish 800,000 people’s lives into being a poker chip in a negotiating game.”
He said Congress could get this done in three weeks “if they’d focus.”
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