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Obama Planning A Statement Against Trump’s DACA Decision

Former President Obama is expected to speak on President Trump’s reported decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program (DACA), a change which would make some 800,000 immigrants who were brought to America illegally as children ineligible to work in the U.S. and eligible for deportation.

A source “close to Obama” told Politico the former president intends to issue a statement in the form of a Facebook post and promote it on Twitter, too. Obama created DACA via executive order in June 2012, a provenance that has opened the program to legal challenge on constitutional grounds.

“There’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake, including in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids and send them someplace else … The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics, punish those kids when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think, would be something that would merit me speaking out,” Obama said.

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