- Thomson Reuters
A host of Democratic politicians have criticized 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:
Undoing #DACA unnecessary & cruel.Extremists favor this-not majority. Inconsistent with who we say we are as a nation. Dreamers-good for USA
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) September 5, 2017
Rep. Adam Schiff of California:
President Trump's cruel #DACA decision means one thing: hundreds of thousands of DREAMers stand to lose everything. Congress must act now.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiffCA) September 5, 2017
Ben Rhodes, national security adviser to Obama:
If you don't want to end DACA then…your Administration shouldn't end DACA. You can't blame Obama for your cruel incompetence. https://t.co/qp0BqAnNP0
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) September 6, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee of California:
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 5, 2017
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democratic Party:
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
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island:
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) September 4, 2017
Sen. Kamala Harris of California:
— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) September 5, 2017
Rep. Ted Lieu of California:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 5, 2017
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut:
Sen. Murphy on ending DACA: "It takes someone with a dark heart to do something as cruel and pointless as this" pic.twitter.com/b4kqGBO7sP
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) September 5, 2017
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton:
How can an American President be so cruel? #DACA
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) September 5, 2017