Trump, Obama and others react to DACA decision - Tucson News Now

Trump, Obama and others react to DACA decision

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the cancellation of DACA. (Source: CBSN) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the cancellation of DACA. (Source: CBSN)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The announcement by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump administration would rescind the DACA program was met by swift and steady reaction from other officials and agencies, especially on social media.

According to the official press release from the White House, President Donald Trump said, “I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: To improve jobs and wages for Americans; to strengthen our nation's security; and to restore respect for our laws.” 

The release is available HERE.

President Donald Trump issued the following statement on Facebook.

Former President Barack Obama issued the following response on Facebook.

Sen. Jeff Flake sent a statement in five tweets that said executive actions are a poor substitute for bipartisan legislation, and that it is up to Congress now to replace DACA with legislation to "ensure that children who were brought here by their parents, through no fault of their own, are able to stay and finish their education and continue to contribute to society."

Sen. John McCain called the decision the wrong approach when compromise is needed.

Javier Palomarez resigned his position as president and CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Rep. Raul Grijalva. D-Tucson, released a video statement about the decision. You can watch it below.

Tuscon Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo

“School is a safe place. It is a safe place for you. It always will be, and it’s a safe place for your parents.

"I look forward to seeing all of you and your parents at all of our choir concerts, football games, baseball games, extracurricular activities, our open houses throughout the district as we continue on this amazing school year."

University of Arizona President Robert Robbins

"The University of Arizona is urging Congress to deliver an expedient legislative solution that provides all DACA students with certainty in fulfilling all of their educational potential. In concert with our governing board, the Arizona Board of Regents, we are providing all of the support possible to DACA students as permitted by law. 

"The University of Arizona is dedicated to providing quality higher education to advance our communities, our country and our world. In that regard, it is our goal to make education accessible to all students and lifelong learners. In the meantime, the UA is offering resources through the Immigrant Student Resource Center with the goal of assisting DACA students with the completion of their educational ambitions, and we continue to explore available options."

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

"The DACA program was never meant to be a permanent solution," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "Immigration reform instituted by Executive Order creates legal uncertainty for all. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, today’s announcement is a clear signal to Congress that it must act now to provide clarity and certainty on these critical immigration issues and I am hopeful that it will.”

Tucson Mayor Johnathan Rothschild

“This decision to end DACA is cruel and un-American and must be reversed immediately by Congress.

DACA youth are law abiding. To be eligible for DACA, you cannot have committed a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three non-significant misdemeanors, and you cannot pose a threat to national security or public safety. Therefore, ending DACA will not make us safer.

DACA youth add to our economy. In fact, it’s estimated that ending DACA will cost Arizona more than $1.3 billion annually in GDP losses. Therefore, ending DACA will not save jobs—it will cost jobs.

Furthermore, this decision to end DACA must be taken in the context of other actions by this administration, including pardoning a former law enforcement official for continuing racial profiling in violation of a court order—an action which showed little regard for the rule of law.

I urge our congressional delegation to act without delay to pass legislation that preserves DACA and protects DACA recipients.”

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus

Associated Students of the University of Arizona

"President Barack Obama's executive order from 2012 known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals enabled young people who were brought to the United States as children to obtain a renewable two-year legal presence, work permit, Social Security numbers and eligibility for in-state tuition at Arizona public universities. DACA students at the University of Arizona are assets to the campus and Tucson community. They and their families contribute to Arizona's economy and continue to be an important part of our social and cultural fabric. DACA students are Wildcats in every sense; their contributions to our campus community are invaluable and irreplaceable. 

"Due to executive action regarding the status of the DACA program, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona reaffirms its commitment to all DACA students on campus, as well as the 30,000 DACA-approved youth in Arizona and their families. As a part of that commitment, ASUA has succeeded in assisting with providing private scholarship opportunities for DACA students at the University of Arizona. In addition, ASUA will continue to push lawmakers to ensure DACA students have in-state tuition for the rest of the 2017-2018 academic year and afford all students their protections under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. We also want UA administration to fulfill its commitment to reach and uphold the status of an Hispanic Serving Institution. It is critical that administration at the UA show that DACA students, like all Wildcats, have the opportunity to reach their academic, professional and social goals."

MOBILE USERS: Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly