Trump’s DACA decision unites right and left on one point: The fight isn’t over yet

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, on President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.  President Donald Trump’s administration will “wind down” a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday, calling the Obama administration’s program “an unconstitutional exercise of authority.”   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, on President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program. President Donald Trump’s administration will “wind down” a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday, calling the Obama administration’s program “an unconstitutional exercise of authority.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“DACA is an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

— Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.”

— President Donald Trump

“Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!”

— Trump, via Twitter

“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

– Former President Barack Obama

“My message to Dreamers: We see you. We stand with you. We will fight to ensure you can stay in the country you call home.”

— Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

“I have long supported accommodating those brought to this country illegally through no fault of their own. It is important that the White House clearly outline what kind of legislation the president is willing to sign. We have no time to waste on ideas that do not have the votes to pass or that the president won’t sign.”

— Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

“Trump, whose companies continue to import workers from abroad, is a cynical manipulator. Republicans’ unrelenting assault on immigrants and especially Latinos is awakening a generation of young Americans to the threat to our country’s diversity and economic future, just as Proposition 187 did in California more than 20 years ago.”

— State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens

“The (California) Legislature will do everything we can working with local governments, universities and schools to keep these young people secure, safe, and here where they belong. Not a dime of taxpayer funding or law enforcement resources should be wasted threatening the future of promising Californians.

— Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood

“President Obama wrongly believed he had the authority to re-write our immigration law. Today’s action by President Trump corrects that fundamental mistake. This Congress will continue working on securing our border and ensuring a lawful system of immigration that works.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky

“To DACA youth across the country, I say this is not over. I stand with you and your families. You are valued.”

— Sen. Dianne Feistein, D-Calif.

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“It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”

— House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc,

“I think the (administration’s) actions are certainly contrary to what we stand for as Californians, and more broadly, as Americans,”

— California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley

“As frustrating as that may be to those who want to see DACA totally wiped off the books, and every one of its beneficiaries given a one-way bus ticket across the border, letting Congress decide what to do about the ‘Dreamers’ is exactly what ought to happen.”

— Commentator/writer Joel B. Pollack on Brietbart,com

“I speak as a pastor not a politician. I cannot address the constitutional or political questions raised by this program. But as a pastor I think we need to clearly understand what this decision means. Today our country is announcing its intention to deport more than 800,000 young people. This is a national tragedy and a moral challenge to every conscience.”

— Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez

“Deporting hundreds of thousands of Asians and Latinos — nearly half of whom were brought to the U.S. before the age of 7 — is not only cruel, it will hurt our economy. One report estimates an economic loss of $460 billion over the next decade.”

— Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Manhattan Beach

“There is no doubt that our immigration system is broken. Congress must provide a permanent, legislative solution for children brought here through no fault of their own.”

— Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas

“Rather than ending the DACA program and tearing families apart, we should instead work together towards comprehensive immigration reform that will secure our nation’s borders, keep our citizens safe, and improve our immigration system to strengthen our economy and live up to our nation’s values of hope, opportunity, and the American dream.”

— Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

“@POTUS’s decision on #DACA is wrong approach at a time when both sides need to compromise on #immigration reform.”

— Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., via Twitter

“The doors of Long Beach State University remain open to all eligible undocumented students. They are welcome and wanted at The Beach. They are an important and vital part of our campus community.”

— Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley

“These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history.”

— Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King

“The Trump administration’s enforcement action on immigration shows the best immigration reform is to finally enforce the law.”

— Conservative activist organization Judicial Watch

“It is undoubtedly the sole responsibility of U.S. citizens and institutions to determine U.S. immigration policy ... but in the current situation, the Mexican government has a moral imperative to act. Mexico will receive with open arms any dreamers who return.”

— Statement from Mexico’s foreign relations department, which also offered legal aid to DACA participants

“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach. However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who — for all practical purposes — know no country other than America.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina

“DACA was never meant as a permanent fix to our nation’s broken immigration system, but as a common sense measure to direct our federal resources to where they are needed most. However, President Trump has shown no ability or desire to get us any closer to fixing the problems we know must be addressed and has instead chosen to rally his base while weakening our national security by wasting resources on breaking up families.”

— Rep. Norma J. Torres, D-Pomona

“DACA was an illegal abuse of executive power, and it’s important to reaffirm that the president cannot unilaterally rewrite the law. Today’s decision puts the ball in Congress’ court.”

— Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

“(Trump’s decision) is a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America.”

— House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

“It just doesn’t seem like there’s a great window to get this done, and we’re concerned that the president didn’t really commit to any kind of Dream Act. He just sort of dropped it in Congress’ lap.”

— Mario H. Lopez, president of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Fund

“New York will not demonize diversity. We will not stand by as 42,000 New Yorkers are deported.”

— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“Today is a cruel day for our Dreamers, our families and all Americans.”

— Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy, American Civil Liberties Union

“DACA has transformed the lives of young people who know no other country than America and has resulted in economic gains for cities, states, and nation as a whole. California will see the largest economic loss as a result of the President’s decision, as the removal of over 200,000 Californian DACA workers will lead to an annual GDP loss of $11.3 billion.”

– Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks

“Dreamers are doctors, teachers, rescue workers and college students. Dreamers contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy. They’ve started new businesses, bought houses and worked hard. They are neighbors, and family. They are not political bargaining chips.”

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-San Pedro

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