The Trump administration plans to "wind down" DACA, the Obama-era program protecting hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
Several of Tennessee's top lawmakers have weighed in on the decision.
Senator Lamar Alexander
Just as President Nixon went to China, President Trump uniquely can lead a revision of our immigration laws that secures our borders, improves our system of legal immigration and solves problems such as the 800,000 children who grew up here, but were brought here illegally. I voted for such a law in 2013 and am willing to work with the president to do that again.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann
While I am sympathetic to the intent of the DACA program and the situation of those affected by it, the fact remains that the program was created through an unconstitutional reach of executive power under the Obama Administration. The 6-month delay will provide Congress with the proper time necessary to craft legislation to address the immigration issues facing our nation.
Representative Scott DesJarlais
Any solution to illegal immigration must include border security and domestic law enforcement, and Congress must write the law. For that reason, federal courts struck down the former president’s unconstitutional orders, and I support Kate’s Law, defunding sanctuary cities, a border wall, and a legal, merit-based immigration system that works better for American citizens, workers and taxpayers. Our focus should be Americans out of work, underpaid, or concerned for their safety, because of unfettered illegal immigration and related border crime.
Representative Tom Graves
President Trump is doing his constitutional duty by enforcing U.S. immigration laws. It’s up to Congress to make laws on border security and immigration reform. The House has already passed funding for enhanced security and a wall on the southern border. There are new ideas on the table for fixing the legal immigration system and we will be debating those bills in the months ahead.
Senator Bob Corker
The president is right to want this issue to be resolved legislatively. Hopefully, while addressing it, we also will deal with a myriad of other issues that need to be corrected with our broken immigration system, including enhancing enforcement and security measures.