California Reacts to President Trump’s DACA Decision
President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could have a major impact on California, which is currently home to more than one-fourth of its recipients also known as “dreamers.” Needless to say, the program’s phase-out -- announced Tuesday but effective six months from now -- was greeted swiftly by leaders across the state.
Here is a snapshot of some of the responses:
Gov. Jerry Brown called Trump’s move “senseless and cruel.” Both Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have said the state is prepared to sue the federal government over the decision.
California State Senate leader Kevin de Leόn said he was “horrified” by the announcement.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, both candidates for governor, also weighed in on the decision. Newsom came out against the president with a hard-hitting animated campaign video, calling it a “rebel yell.” Villaraigosa also said the decision was “arguably racist” and encouraged supporters to sign a petition to defend the program.
“This is a test of our nation’s true values – a test we simply cannot fail,” he added.
Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) said President Obama’s initial executive order on DACA was a well-intentioned but unconstitutional use of executive power. For that reason, they support the president’s decision.
We need a "permanent legislative solution to provide certainty to the young people who were brought to America as children without the proper documents through no fault of their own,” said Walters.
County and city leaders also chimed in. Among them: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican.
Though portrayed by critics as rash and callous, news reports indicate Trump was conflicted about the decision. That explains why the announcement came, not from himself, but from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump had good reason to feel conflicted. Polls indicate solid support for DACA among the American public.