Guam Delegate Bordallo: Rescinding DACA Is 'Unnecessary And Cruel'

The Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting applications to the DACA program. Current recipients wouldn’t be affected until March 5, 2018

By David Jackson, Kevin Johnson and Alan Gomez

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, September 06, 2017) – The Trump administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, created by former President Obama in 2012, would be rescinded.

The program, designed to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children, could be saved if Congress decides within six months to preserve it through legislation.

"I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents," Trump said Tuesday in a written statement. Still, he added, "we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws."

The Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting applications to the DACA program. Current recipients wouldn’t be affected until March 5, 2018.

"To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. "It's just that simple."

Sessions said the program allowed “aliens” to take jobs from Americans.

“President Trump's decision to rescind DACA is an unnecessary and cruel action against members of our community who are or were brought to the United States as children,” Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo said in a news release. “While there is work to be done to improve our immigration system, rescinding DACA does not strengthen efforts to keep America safe or level the playing field; all it accomplishes is creating a level of uncertainty for these DREAMers who contribute positively to our nation.”

Bordallo said Guam “has had a strong history of supporting immigrants and those who come to our country and island for a better life.”

Obama, in a Facebook post, said the reversal was wrong, self-defeating and cruel.

"Ultimately, this is 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,” Obama wrote.

Pacific Daily News contributed to this report.

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