President Donald Trump is not the only president to have weighed in on the issue of DACA.
During the 2016 election campaign, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called for a temporary halt to the program, saying, “If we don’t act now, this wall will not be built.”
Trump has been the most vocal supporter of the program in recent years, with a White House spokesperson stating that Trump “believes in the merit system” of DACA, adding that the program is “not an amnesty.”
DACA is still in effect for those brought to the U.S. as children, and Trump has indicated that he plans to “fix” the program.
“It’s time for the United States of America to act.
It’s time to end this terrible, broken system that’s been a nightmare for so many,” Trump said at a White Houses press conference in September.
During his inaugural address, Trump pledged to end DACA by January 2021, though he did not say when or how he plans on doing so.
“If you believe in the American Dream, then you know it can’t continue forever,” Trump told the crowd.
“You can’t take this dream away.
The Dreamers have come here to work hard and dream big.
This is their future. “
This is their country.
This is their future.
It belongs to them.
It is their responsibility to protect it.”