House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that any legislation to deal with the nearly 800,000 so-called ‘Dreamers’ — undocumented immigrants who have been covered under former President Obama’s DACA program — will also need to address border security.
“It’s only reasonable and fitting that we also address the root cause of the problem, which is borders that are not sufficiently controlled, while we address this very real and very human problem that’s right in front of us,” Ryan told reporters during his press conference.
The program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA was instituted by former President Obama in order to protect young men and women who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children.
On Tuesday, President Trump decided that he will end the program as of March, 2018. The announcement ending the program was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” he said. “We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s not that simple.”
The rescission of the program means that Dreamers, many of whom do not even remember the country in which they were born or even speak the language, could be deported. Former President Obama felt so strongly about the issue that he decided to make it his first direct public criticism of Trump, calling the move “cruel” “self-defeating” and “wrong.”
“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally,” Obama said in a post on Facebook. “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,” he wrote.