A host of Democratic politicians have criticised President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to phase out the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals policy, which protects from deportation people who are living in the US illegally after being brought to the country as minors.
In doing so, many of them homed in on one word in particular to describe the decision: cruel.
Leading the charge was former President Barack Obama, who enacted the DACA policy through an executive order in 2012. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Obama called the White House’s decision “self-defeating” and “cruel” because it would send the children of immigrants back to countries they barely remember, and in some cases, don’t know the language.
“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Obama said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden used the same language as Obama, saying in a Facebook post that deporting DACA recipients is “cruel.”
“It is inhumane. And it is not America,” Biden said.
And the same word popped up in the statement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who called Trump’s decision “a cruel act of political cowardice.”
The three were far from the only Democrats to use the word on Tuesday and Wednesday. Take a look at what other members of the party had to say.
Eric Holder, Attorney General under Obama:
Rep. Adam Schiff of California:
Ben Rhodes, national security adviser to Obama:
Rep. Barbara Lee of California:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democratic Party:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island:
Sen. Kamala Harris of California:
Rep. Ted Lieu of California:
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut:
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton:
Trump’s decision on DACA is the ugliest and most cruel decision ever made by a president of the U.S. in the modern history of this country. pic.twitter.com/3k64uuo2XM
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 5, 2017
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Deporting Asian & Latino #DACA students does not improve the lives of any Americans. But it does make you super cruel https://t.co/QSb7vYRFoY
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 5, 2017
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