Former President Barack Obama called President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap a program that protects the deportation of almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the United States illegally as children “wrong,” “self-defeating,” and “cruel.”
Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program when he bypassed Congress and signed an executive order in 2012. The intent of the program was to give the so-called Dreamers a legal path to stay in the United States.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision Tuesday to rescind the DACA program. No current beneficiaries of the program would be affected before March 5, the Trump Administration said. Trump’s action puts the fate of the DACA program and the immigrants it protects in the hands of Congress.
Obama urged Congress to protect these “dreamers” who will be impacted by Tuesday’s decision. He also said that ultimately, protecting these young people “is about basic decency.” Dozens of executives who lead Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Apple, and <a href="http://fortune.com/2017/09/05/microsoft-daca/">Microsoft</a> have also reacted with disappointment and call for Congress to act.