Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has decided to officially terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months, giving the decision-making keys to Congress in the meantime.
Democrats in Congress immediately shared their outrage and pledged their commitment to finding a solution for the nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, or “Dreamers,” at risk of deportation now that the program offering them work permits and temporary deportation relief is being rescinded.
Sessions said Tuesday that DACA has “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs” and that rescinding the program does not “mean they are bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way.”
But Democratic lawmakers thought otherwise about the Trump administration decision, calling it a “heartless” and “morally bankrupt move.” Here’s what they had to say in response:
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said, “President Trump has once again sided with division and hate.”
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) called the move a “moment of truth” for the GOP.
That @realDonaldTrump opens the week with a poorly thought out, morally bankrupt move playing to the worst of America is no surprise. /1— Jim Himes (@jahimes) September 5, 2017
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) cited the “human and economic toll” of the decision.
Americans know how heartless ending #DACA is; ripping apart families & telling ppl who have worked hard to become Americans they must leave.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 5, 2017
These hardworking #DREAMers & their contributions are vital to our economy & biz who will be hurt if this order stands.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 5, 2017
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and many others also spoke out.
DREAMers, we will continue to fight for you.— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) September 5, 2017
Sen. Murphy on ending DACA: "It takes someone with a dark heart to do something as cruel and pointless as this" pic.twitter.com/b4kqGBO7sP— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) September 5, 2017
So, nearly a million young people must live in fear of the future because POTUS lives in fear of upsetting the ideologues in his base. #DACA— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) September 5, 2017
Congressman Thompson's statement on the Trump Administration's decision to end DACA. pic.twitter.com/3BHWdin7ne— Rep. Bennie Thompson (@BennieGThompson) September 5, 2017
I want every #DREAMer to know that I stand with them.— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) September 5, 2017
AG Sessions says that rescinding #DACA makes us safer. Tearing up families & crippling our economy does not protect our nation.— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) September 5, 2017
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.