Messer Backs President’s DACA Decision
September 06, 2017
Local lawmakers are mixed in their reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
President Trump said he will “revisit” DACA if Congress can’t take action. Trump wrote on Twitter that phasing out the program over six months gives Congress time to “legalize DACA.”
Trump’s tweet came hours after his administration announced Tuesday that it was rolling back the Obama-era program that protects 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Almost 10,000 DACA-protected immigrants are in Indiana.
Southeastern Indiana Republican Congressman and 2018 Senate candidate Luke Messer says the President’s decision is a step toward finally addressing illegal immigration.
“Let’s remember, President Obama’s decision to unilaterally rewrite our laws was illegal. Now, Congress has its chance to pass legislation that secures our border, restores rule of law and delivers on our promises to the American people. The details of any legislation addressing DACA’s phase out will matter, and I am eager to get to work on a solution,” said Messer.