Obama Blasts Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA as ‘Cruel’ and ‘Self Defeating’

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WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama said that the decision by the Trump administration to end the “Dreamer” program was “self-defeating” and “cruel.”

In a rare statement since leaving the presidency, Obama said that “the action taken today isn’t required legally. 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.”


Hollywood Reacts to Trump Ending DACA: ‘A Disgusting Display of Prejudice’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be rescinded, after a phase-out of six months. President Donald Trump has called for Congress to address the issue of what happens to individuals who came to the United States as kids with their undocumented parents.

But Obama defended his 2012 executive order that established the DACA program, noting that he issued it after Congress failed to pass so-called “Dreamer” legislation.

In his statement, Obama said that “Today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

Sessions argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority when he issued his executive order. But legal scholars have different opinions on whether that is the case.

Obama said that his executive order was “based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm.”

He said that after the executive order, “deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.”

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    1. his her name is barack ofuckonigger and it loves criminals and daca, well fuck you it and send this pig tgo mexico

    2. Sad says:

      B.O. looks like the devil.
      He’s a nightmare.

    3. Steve Barr says:

      Gee Clouseau you must be having a meltdown in your panic room today judging from all the bile you’ve been spewing . You know what coming and you know your world’s about to end . Also I’ve always found it interesting that you’ve taken as you name a pathetic dim,-witted bumbling fool sort of like Trump . Have a nice day .

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        Barr….LMFAO!!!! YOUR world ended in November you pathetic crybaby. LMFAO. You’re just a big mouth punk STILL wishing the Hillabeast would’ve been pres!!!! What a fucking tool!! Like I told you before moron…GET BACK TO YOUR JOB OF WIPING OTHER PEOPLE’S ASS’S. What a jerkoff!!! Maybe you should get back to your original job of shining Obama’s Johnson Bar. LMFAO!!!!!

      • Kaboom! says:

        The only dim-witted bumbling fool was Obama, whose DACA program was ruled unconstitutional by the courts, and the Supreme Court let that ruling stand. Obama loses again….get used to it. Have a nice day with your tantrums and meltdowns.

    4. anthony says:

      President Obama granted amnesty to immigrants living illegally in the United States; it was an unconstitutional act! Obama had previously admitted he had no authority to end deportations of illegal aliens when he said, “The notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true.” When it comes to immigration, only congress is authorized to make laws which the president must enforce. Obama went about doing it anyway, conjuring a new breadth of hypocrisy. His successor, President Trump, is returning legislative authority to the legislature and reinstating the separation of powers that are fundamental to our democracy.

      President Obama decided to usurp this power by unilateral directive, unconstrained by established checks and balances. In so doing, he granted himself extra-constitutional authority and upset the carefully balanced separation of powers. He also subverted the nucleus of our constitutional design: the rule of law. Under the Constitution, congress is vested with writing laws and the president is charged with executing those laws. Only congress is empowered to alter immigration laws that affect those who are here in the U.S. illegally. It can either pass a new law or decline to do so. A determination not to act is, by itself, a deliberate act. This is how the Framers constructed our system of government. Yet, Obama breached his sworn duty by failing to enforce the law. Instead, he ordered immigration agents, in effect, to break the law. He did so not for the reasons allowed by law, but for purposes that were purely political. It was a flagrant abuse of prosecutorial discretion. Only congress is empowered to alter immigration laws that affect those who are here in the U.S. illegally. It can either pass a new law or decline to do so.

      President Trump will be criticized for revoking his predecessor’s immigration program. But his decision bears fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law. Obama twisted the law, ignored the Constitution, and abdicated his primary responsibility as chief executive.

    5. FuriousA says:

      I thought all the idiot Trump-ettes hated the Hollywood elite and everything else about it. Why are they even reading Variety? I don’t stick my nose in Breitbart or InfoWars. Stay in your lane and keep your cancer to yourself.

      • krumhorn says:

        I, for one, have been in the business for a long time working at two networks, two studios, and with more than a few credits. I certainly don’t need the permission of some smug leftie, who fervently believes he or she has a monopoly on virtue, to read the trades.

        – Krumhorn

    6. Bill B. says:

      Just about everything trump has done has been self-defeating. He’s unkind, unpopular, un-American and unhinged.

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        Bill b. What the hell would you know about being American?? You snowflakes got used to disregarding laws like Obama. Too bad.Now you clowns have to tow the mark. Deal with it.

    7. Pamela says:

      Obama Over stepped his boubds. He has no right to allow undocumented children of undocumented immigrants to stay in America

    8. Inspector clouseau says:

      Obama?? You mean the treasonous ex president who created all the breaking of existing laws? The one who married a transgender before it was legal for gays? You mean Obama the prick that pardoned 5 terrorists from Guantanamo prison in exchange for a U.S.Army traitor named Bergdahl.? You mean Obama the one who doubled the debt? You mean Obama the hypocrite who did zero for stopping crime in his home city of Chicago? You mean Obama the turd swallower who did nothing about North Korea’s nuclear buildup?? Oh,THAT Obama the one that should be tried and hung.

    9. Steve Barr says:

      With apologizes to H.P. Lovecraft Nyarlathotep no longer is The Crawling Chaos , Donald Trump now has that title .

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        Barr….the resident libturd troll still crying!! Get back to your full time job of wiping other peoples bottoms SHIT FOR BRAINS.

    10. cowgirldiva says:

      FYI…..Mexico has a HUGE wall on their Guatemalan border…!! Just sayin’…!!!

    11. cowgirldiva says:

      Barach INSANE Obama should keep his big fat sinister pinhole closed and shut the “F” up…!! He is irrelevant and nobody cares what he thinks or says….It’s people like him who have us in the immigration fix we’re in now..!!

      Go to any other country on the planet and they will NOT allow you to stay if you do not follow their immigration laws and either become a legal resident or a citizen..!! What we are currently dealing with in the United States of America is an INVASION and not immigration…!! So, those people who are in the country illegally must GET LEGAL OR GET OUT…!!! The immigration laws must be followed in order for the United States of America or any other country for that matter to remain SOVEREIGN…!!! Our borders and laws must be respected…!!

    12. Fernando says:

      Dear Russian posters, I know it’s confusing for you. But from time to time Variety posts breaking news that more than 80% of the American people want to hear.

      Those 80% hate trump and his clan of criminals, who have accomplished nothing so far, except to waste a lot of everyone’s time.

      The trumps are a group of sociopaths that by accident got to govern. Every one of their supporters will be punished soon enough, like the ones who collaborated with the Germans during WWII.

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        Fernando…What’s the matter you worried about being deported???????

        • Inspector clouseau says:

          Shut up GRIZZLY SHIT. Get back in the woods where you molest all the other wildlife. By the way turd gobbler,you were the degenerate thrown out of circus for sucking off a monkey while fondling a midgets crotch. Good work monkeyboy.

        • Fernando says:

          Hahaha I’m European you dimwit

        • Grizzly Joe Grizzly says:

          He’s worried about shit heads such as you two idiots. Anyone with sense is. Go lil yourselves…. and everyone like you. I pray the lil fat N. Korean pushes the button so I we can truly see how great our President is…..NOT!!!

      • cowgirldiva says:

        You are deluded and depraved…!! Stop the lying and the hate…!!

    13. druxmanworks says:

      I thought that VARIETY was a show business trade paper.

      Making absolutely no comment on the content of this story, what does it have to do with show business?

      It belongs in your daily newspaper or on the television/radio news. Not here.

    14. nohw says:

      Obama is enraged at Trump for repealing his illegal Democrat vote rigging scheme.

    15. Dan says:

      This has what to do with the entertainment business?

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    17. allillegalsgotoyourOWNHOMELAND says:

      Mexico is welcoming their citizens back with open arms. They should go home and make THEIR country great.

      • Stacy says:

        Okay but not all immigrants are from Mexico. People come to US to have better life because in there country they don’t have food or there government is absolutely broken. But you shouldn’t think oh immigrants = Mexico because that’s not the case it’s other countries as well.

    18. krumhorn says:

      We wouldn’t be in this position if Dear Leader had kept his pen in his pocket. Our Savior created the problem. He can’t complain that someone else is going to fix it.

      – Krumhorn

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        Your savior? You mean Obama. If that treasonous piece of crap had enforced long standing laws this shit wouldn’t be happening would it. That shitbag tried and is still trying to wreck this country. Get your head out of your ass.

        • Inspector clouseau says:

          Tdk…..Rest of the world?? If You mean all the countries that have sponged off us TOUGH SHIT. About time we take care of our own country and if a minority of spongers don’t like what’s going on then WHO CARES???

        • Tdk says:

          You people should be worried about how your going to fit in the rest of world pretty much every country on this planet thinks your President is a joke. You can make america great again but you can not make it it’s own planet……

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