During his final press conference, just two days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, President Barack Obama said that he would speak out if Dreamers were targeted by the new administration.
Obama differentiated between “normal functioning of politics” and issues where “core values may be at stake.” He put “efforts to round up kids who have grown up here” in the latter category and said that such efforts might merit him to speak out.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The program shields 800,000 young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally.
Following is a transcript of the video.
President Barack Obama: But there’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake.
I would put in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids, and send them someplace else when they love this country, they are our kids’ friends and their classmates, and are now entering into community colleges or in some cases serving in our military, that the notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that merit me speaking out.
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