Soon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a news briefing Tuesday morning, in which he announced President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) posted a statement on Twitter, condemning the decision.
McCain tweeted, “POTUS’s decision on #DACA is wrong approach at a time when both sides need to compromise on #immigration reform.”
In his written statement, McCain further blasted Trump’s termination of DACA, as follows:
“President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy at a time when both sides of the aisle need to come together to reform our broken immigration system and secure the border. I strongly believe 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.
“The federal government has a responsibility to defend and secure our borders, but we must do so in a way that upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation. I 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.”
McCain also published an opinion editorial in The Washington Post last Thursday, in a grand-slam message to the president. He noted that Congress needs to work together, from both sides of the aisle, adding today that “Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.”
“We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power,” McCain wrote in the op-ed.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 5, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released a statement following Trump’s announcement Tuesday morning, confirming that ending the DACA program “fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches. But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act.” Ryan added, “It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”
The Department of Homeland Security also released a statement Tuesday morning that read, in part: “With the measures the Department is putting in place today, no current beneficiaries will be impacted before March 5, 2018, nearly six months from now, so Congress can have time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions. However, I want to be clear that no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on.”
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BREAKING: Trump issues statement about DACA decision