Obama dubs DACA reversal as 'cruel, self-defeating, wrong'

ANI | Updated: Sep 06, 2017 03:16 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep 6 (ANI): Formed United States president Barack Obama on Tuesday said that President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allowed some undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to work and live legally was "cruel, self-defeating and wrong."

"Let's be clear: the action taken today isn't required legally. It's a political decision, and a moral question," Obama further said in a post on Facebook.

"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," he wrote.

Trump on Tuesday ended the DACA programme instituted by Obama during his tenure as the President.

The DACA supporters have also staged a protest outside the White House and Trump Tower against Trump's administration decision to end the programme.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Washington D.C. after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA immigration policy will be phased out.

The DACA has protected about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally by their parents from deportation and given them the opportunity to obtain work permits. (ANI)