On Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal of the DACA immigration program and Barack Obama can no longer remain silent.
In the wake of Trump’s decision to get rid of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scheme, which protects children of illegal immigrants in the U.S. from being deported, Obama penned a scathing and emotional letter to his Facebook followers, heavily condemning the choice.
“This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” the former president wrote.
“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel,” he went on in the lengthy statement.
Obama closed his call to action by stating his belief that DACA is ultimately about “basic decency.”
“This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be,” he wrote.