President Obama Says President-elect Should “Think Long and Hard” before Endangering DACA Protected Children


Time: 12:06 a.m. CEST

President Barack Obama urged President-elect Donald Trump not to deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who have enrolled in a program to temporarily protect them from being removed from the country, Justin Sink of Bloomberg writes after Monday’s news conference of President Barack Obama in the White House.

After the question of Sink on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama said that President-elect Trump should “think long and hard before they are endangering the status of who, for all practical purposes, are American kids,” Obama said. “These are kids who were brought here by their parents. They did nothing wrong. They’ve gone to school, they’ve pledged allegiance to the flag. By definition, if they’re part of this program, they are solid, wonderful young people with good character.”

President-elect Trump said during the campaign he would deport more than 11 million people who are in the U.S illegally, and supported the idea of building a wall along the southern border. In his first interview after the election, Trump said to CBS’ “60 Minutes,”  that the U.S. could deport about two to three million people who are illegally in the United States and committed crimes.

Sink writes that, It’s also not clear whether Trump will order the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the DACA program and halt issuance of work permits to Dreamers, as children brought to the country illegally are called by their advocates.”

 

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