Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) posted a statement Friday evening on his Twitter account regarding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, an executive order by President Barack Obama which has allowed qualified applicants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to avoid deportation and obtain work permits.
President Donald Trump sharply criticized DACA and other Obama immigration policies during the 2016 campaign. News reports have suggested that Trump is strongly considering ending DACA; some even reported he was considering issuing a new executive order that would revoke it immediately. On Friday, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that a final decision on the fate of the program had not been reached but one would be announced next Tuesday.
In Scott’s statement, he criticized Obama’s decision to enact DACA via executive order instead of working with Congress to pass legislation. Scott, an early supporter of Trump during the 2016 election, does not criticize Trump or even mention him by name, but does voice support for allowing DACA participants to remain in the United States, just under the umbrella of Congressional legislation instead of a presidential executive order.
“I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents,” wrote Scott. “These kids must be allowed to pursue the American Dream, and Congress must act on this immediately.”
Governor Scott statement on DACA: pic.twitter.com/2IB4ga0O6w
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 1, 2017
One of Scott’s predecessors, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), has also voiced support for the DACA program, writing an op-ed that said that ending DACA would be a “callous and inhumane act” and “wholly un-American.”
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