Obama says President Donald Trump's decision to roll back 'dreamers' program is 'cruel' and 'self-defeating.' Charles Rex Arbogast AP
Obama says President Donald Trump's decision to roll back 'dreamers' program is 'cruel' and 'self-defeating.' Charles Rex Arbogast AP

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Barack Obama calls decision to phase-out DACA 'cruel'

Associated Press

September 05, 2017 02:38 PM

UPDATED September 05, 2017 03:04 PM

Former President Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet as President Donald Trump has worked to undo his legacy on things like health care and justice reforms.

On Tuesday, Obama spoke out against President Donald Trump's decision to phase out the so-called DACA program calling the decision "cruel" and "self-defeating."

The program has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it's rescinding the program and leaving it to Congress to come up with an alternative.

Obama did not mention Trump by name in his statement but says a "shadow has been cast" over some of the nation's best and brightest young people. He says targeting them is wrong "because they have done nothing wrong."

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Obama says it's up to members of Congress to act and he joins his voice with the majority of Americans who hopes Congress will step up.

Read Obama’s full statement here: