Following his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had “great love” for the 800,000 recipients that now face an uncertain future.
“We have a great heart for the folks we’re talking about,” Trump said speaking with reporters. “A great love for them. People think in terms of children, but they’re really young adults.”
The president continued to place the burden of finding an immigration solution at the feet of Congress, adding, “I have a love for these people, and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly.
“And I can tell you in speaking to members of Congress, they want to be able to do something and do it right. And, really, we have no choice. We have to be able to do something, and I think it’s going to work out very well. And long-term, it’s going to be the right solution,” the president added.
Last week, when asked if DACA recipients should fear his upcoming decision regarding the program, Trump said, “We love the Dreamers. We love everybody. Thank you very much.”
Trump’s controversial move on DACA this week has received pushback from both Republican and Democratic leadership, including former President Barack Obama, who broke his silence to call the decision “wrong,” “self-defeating,” and “cruel,” as reported by IJR.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reintroduced legislation that would have Congress address the issues left by DACA’s end during a joint press conference on Tuesday.
“What Sen. Graham and I want to deliver is the message today, is that we need to do our job right here in the United States Senate,” Durbin said. “We need to pass, in this month of September, a DREAM Act, a permanent law in this country, that says that these young people will have their chance to become part of America’s future.”
Watch the video below, via CNN.