Former US President Barack Obama has condemned the administration of his successor, Donald Trump for scrapping his scheme to protect young undocumented migrants from deportation.
While appealing to Congress, Obama described the decision as “cruel” and “wrong”. He said targeting these young people is wrong, because they have done nothing wrong.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme was rescinded on Tuesday, in a move that could affect some 800,000 beneficiaries.
While existing recipients will see no impact for at least six months, no new applications can now be made.
Under the policy introduced five years ago by the Obama administration, the so-called “Dreamers”, mostly Latin Americans, were able to apply for work and study permits.
The Trump administration argued that, the programme, which the Obama administration bypassed Congress in order to enact, was unconstitutional.
President Donald Trump said he now looked forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to “address immigration reform in a way that puts hard-working citizens of our country 1st”.
“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” he added.