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Trump defends DACA move, urges Congress to enact immigration law
September 5, 2017 / 4:45 PM / 3 months ago

Trump defends DACA move, urges Congress to enact immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump defended his decision to rescind a programme for immigrant children brought into the United States illegally as necessary to safeguard the rule of law in the country.

Demonstrators protest in front of the White House after the Trump administration today scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children, in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“I do not favour punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognise that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump said former President Barack Obama bypassed Congress to set up the DACA programme in 2012. “There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander

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