Former President Barack Obama has responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA — and it’s clear from what Obama has to say that he’s not happy.
Obama, in a Facebook post made on Tuesday afternoon, recognized that “immigration can be a controversial topic.”
“People of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules,” Obama wrote.
But without expressly stating his name, Obama also stated his dismay with Trump’s decision to end the policy. “The action taken today isn’t required legally,” he wrote. “It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.”
Obama also wrote that this debate is about our American values more than anything else. “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,” he wrote. “It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.”
Read the full note written by Barack Obama below: