Democratic lawmakers reacted with fury to the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the administration is rescinding the DACA program, blasting the ‘heartless’ decision and warning President Trump to brace himself for a tough reaction.
Sessions called the executive order issued by President Obama for children who were brought here illegally as immigrants 'inconsistent' with the separation of powers, announcing Tuesday that the Trump administration was winding it down.
Democrats immediately hit back with a coordinated push online that pitched the hashtag '#DefendDACA,' the acronym for the deferred action order.
‘Ending DACA is a heartless decision that breaks the President's promise to kids who were brought here through no fault of their own,’ said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.
‘Trump’s cowardice is on full display today,' wrote Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi after the DACA announcement
House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued one of many charged statements on the topic.
‘Trump’s cowardice is on full display today. His cruelty must not stand! #ProtectDREAMers,’ Pelosi wrote.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) warned Trump to ‘brace’ himself after the move. ‘Mr. President, You went after children. You better brace yourself for the civil rights fight of our generation. #DefendDACA,’ Menendez wrote. Menendez, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, goes on trial this week on corruption charges.
Menendez wrote in another tweet: ‘This brazen attack on young ppl won't go unanswered. Passing a clean DREAM Act is now a national emergency. #DefendDACA #DREAMAct #DACAWorks.’
Democratic lawmakers reacted with fury to the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the administration was rescinding DACA
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) blasted the decision to wind-down DACA on Tuesday
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was among Democrats who pounded President Trump for the DACA decision
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who is mentioned among a bevy of potential presidential candidates, wrote on Twitter: ‘It's simply wrong to needlessly target hardworking young adults in order to score political points. #DefendDACA.’
She said in a longer statement: ‘President Trump’s action today is an affront to who we are as Americans. He is needlessly targeting children who know no other country as home than America. This does not make our communities safer or our economy stronger.’
Activists asked Trump not to end DACA during a protest Monday outside the White House
President Donald Trump signaled his intent this morning to end a program that allows illegal immigrants who arrived as children to live and work in the US without fear of deportation
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a briefing on