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Cole Statement on DACA Decision

September 7, 2017
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Trump announced his intention to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.
“In deciding to allow the DACA program to expire, President Trump made the right call,” said Cole. “President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by implementing the policy through executive order. Major immigration policy changes must be done through Congressional action, and President Trump has given Congress ample time to craft a new policy regarding DACA recipients.
“It is important that we show compassion towards children and young adults who were brought to our country through no fault of their own. In the coming months, I am hopeful that Congress will reach a consensus on this knotty issue. If Congress can reach a compromise on this difficult issue, President Trump will achieve something that eluded both President Bush and President Obama – a significant immigration reform enacted by Congress and signed by the President.”