Obama: Trump Is “Cruel And Wrong” On DACA

NBC News reports:

Former President Barack Obama criticized his successor Tuesday for rescinding an immigration program that protects some undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation, calling President Donald Trump’s decision “cruel.”

Preserving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is “about basic decency,” Obama said, defending his signature immigration action in one of his few public statements since Trump took office.

“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love,” Obama said. “And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?”

  • Tawreos

    Thank you Mr. President!

  • Ninja0980

    Please come back to us Mr. President, we need you.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    I miss this man so much.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Come back !

  • BeaverTales

    Trump is only doing this to destroy anything good with Obama’s name attached.

    Congress hasn’t had their say yet, and after the 2018 elections, hopefully everything will be fixed with a veto-proof, bipartisan majority…including his anti-transgender actions, among other things.

    • Gianni

      That is the crux of Trump’s issues concerning legislation. If it was encouraged or fought for by Obama; passed by Obama; or has his name attached to it (Obamacare), then Donnie insists it has to bite the dust. He’ll throw all he can at demolishing, trashing, and removing any of Obama’s legislative successes. Seems very much like a personal vendetta to me. Any benefits to the country/people be damned.

      • JP

        Yes, but everyone that benefitted from Obama’s policies will be his living legacy. His main legacy will be thta everyone wanted him back after Trump got in.

    • fuow

      Gosh, you have the most lovely dreams. Despite everything, the majority of liberals (especially Millennials) are still not voting.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Uncle Mark

    Uh oh !! Now you’ve done it. Watch Twitler come out of hiding in condemning the Dreamers because of Obama. (I wonder if the GOP will unite in their shared loathing of our last REAL President…or if they’ve begun to grow weary of the shitgibbon)

    • Jonathan Smith


    • They will be like the Pharisees of Biblical times – always shouting about the LAW but having no heart or conscience. Jesus called them white tombs outside and inside full of rottenness.

      • fuow

        I’d say the ancient Pharisees had nothing on this country’s mother-fucking christians. Hate driven, every one.

  • jmax

    I wish he would speak out more often about Trump – but I know he has too much class.

  • Cuberly

    Where’s the logic in blaming Prez Obama for this mess? Alas, that’s what the GOP is doing. Again, their obstruction at all costs amnesia is kicking in.


    • clay

      Their logic is that their base has stronger feels against Obama than against Dreamers.

  • AtticusP
    • Natty Enquirer

      The garbage rotted for eight long years before erupting into the stink of President Trump.

    • another_steve

      All I can do is send Trump another Evil Eye.

      (Readers, please divert your eyes. The other day, a JMG commenter told me he became incontinent as a result of looking directly at this.)

      Here goes.


    • MonochromeMouse

      The answer is a combination of idiots who don’t understand how voting works and how important it is, people who will vote for their party regardless of who the candidate is, and non-political anarchists who saw electing an unqualified man with no people skills as a form of prank.

    • Dagoril

      A foreign government sold him and some of our big corporations bought him. The rest was just jiggery-pokery and corporate-owned media manipulation.

      • LeeCMH

        I like the Scalia reference.

    • Joseph Miceli

      We got there by Dem inertia and complaisance combined with racism on the other side.
      How we get the country back is the real issue.

      • JCF

        Don’t forget misogyny!

        Oh…and Putin.

        • Joseph Miceli

          …and propaganda, the dumbing down of the American electorate, attacking the media, the demonization of Science….I could go on, but who has that kind of time?

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      • Regan DuCasse

        Barack Obama, said in his own words, during his campaign and Presidency, what Trump is being vilified for when it comes to illegal immigration.
        And, BO asserts he implemented DACA, because Congress didn’t act.
        Well, yes…Congress DID act. They said no.
        They can still say no.
        And regardless of the innocence of the presence of DACA’s while they were minors. They aren’t minors anymore. And not all are achievers.
        It might not be fair to hold the children accountable for their parents criminal actions.
        But consequences must come due.
        The parents can be deported, and leave their adult DACA’s. They aren’t helpless children anymore.
        But forcing the country to endure so much lawlessness, and continuing to be suckered, is wrong.
        And always was wrong.

        • Joseph Miceli

          No it wasn’t . There is law and then there’s what’s moral . You people are all aghast at Barack Obama’s executive orders , then remain completely silent when the Republican does the same thing . Begone ! You have no power here!

          • Regan DuCasse

            What’s moral, is that immigrants respect our laws, and the sovereignty that our country is entitled to. That they be accountable, and law abiding with the permission and knowledge of our country to be here, and stay here.
            What’s moral, is that those who swore an oath to uphold the same, do so.
            It’s their office’s responsibility to abide by them, as well as enforce them.
            Both BO and Trump failed to do so in their respective ways.
            And this started long before either was in office.
            And EO is not law.
            And there is the supremacy clause of the Constitution that I know for a fact, that disqualifies sanctuary city or state policies outright.
            And I’m NOT silent about Trump, nor was I aghast at Obama.
            Don’t generalize with that “you people” crap.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Let me give you a quote:
            “Christians are called to treat another as they’d be treated.
            The point is that how one treats another human being, and the results of that treatment, is at the root of moral decisions(sic.)”
            You people sure are hypocrites.

          • Regan DuCasse

            What’s with this ‘you people’?
            I’ve never broken the laws of another country. I’ve gone to each country, with their permission and knowledge and I left when expected to.
            I was law abiding when I was there, and I was who I said I was when I got there.
            And I’m sure this is true, even of Trump.
            I expect a person who is from another country, to do this, as is necessary and warranted, in how they treat this country.
            And when you don’t, then that country has every right to require you to leave.
            Do something illegal, then expect to have legal protections in order to have that lawbreaking accommodated?
            No, that quote of mine, still holds when in this context.
            And that’s why you don’t do such quotes OUT of context or the spirit of it’s intent.

          • Joseph Miceli

            “you people” apparently aggravates the ever living shit out of you. That’s why I keep posting it!
            LOL, I’ve seen your other posts and you are one of the good guys. We’ll have to disagree on this and I’ll stop trolling you.

          • Regan DuCasse

            It’s confusing, more than anything. And these threads can’t turn nasty, just because they are confusing for no reason, when one isn’t careful.
            Thanks for the rest of it though.

    • Will Parkinson

      I *may* have tweeted this to him.

    • FAEN

      But her emails! And purity! And spite by certain voters.

    • Polymath Level8

      We got here by the left supporting globalist employment policy for thirty years, signing off on the export of factories and import of cheap labor, and throwing the working class under the bus.
      Now under the spell of cultural relativists, they defend the new group of immigrants who don’t share the common set of decencies of all advanced civilizations.

    • Nic Peterson

      A well timed re-opening of an investigation during early voting. That’s What Happened.

    • fuow

      (raises hand)
      Teacher, I know the answer – we got here because liberals couldn’t be bothered to vote while deplorables never miss an election. Ever.

  • safari
  • PickyPecker
  • Ninja0980

    O/T but go Al!
    Of course the GOP will ignore this and confirm the right wing hack anyway, something Patrick Leahy foolishly didn’t do when Democrats controlled the Senate.
    Four of the confirmed Circuit Court judges so far this year were confirmed to seats that opened up Obama while Democrats had control because Leahy wanted to play nice instead of telling folks like Cruz and Ron Johnson to take their blue slips and stick them were the sun doesn’t shine.
    Republicans did the same with W judges, Democrats should have done the same but wanted to reach across the aisle etc.
    All that got us was unfilled Circuit Court seats that are now being filled with right wing hacks.
    Democrats play nice, Republicans play to win.
    End of rant.

    • billbear1961

      Play nice?

      They are COWARDS, who let these THUGS walk all over common DECENCY!!

      The judges being appointed by Trump won’t give a GODDAMN about people’s rights, about treating people decently, fairly!

      And the GUTLESS people of this country will bow down to FASCISM!!

      They will not stand up against it as our parents stood up against SEGREGATION!!

  • Barry William Teske

    #45 is a closeted racist and wannabe leading facist.
    So are his so called ‘backers’ and ‘financiers’.
    Yes there is documented factual proof.
    Still waiting for the jury…

    • Cipher

      After Charlottesville the closet has no door and big spotlight shining inside.

  • Uncle Mark

    Is anyone surprised by the shitgibbon’s blind cruelty? He’s constantly lashing out at the good Americans (and those who wish to be)…whether it’s loyal transgendered service people, children brought here, raised & educated by our system, Muslims wishing to emigrate here, or even trying to sabotage the ACA, uninsuring 10+ million citizens. The man-baby seems to do everything he can everyday to hurt millions in this country

    • Natty Enquirer

      He is Archie Bunker with a fortune at his disposal.

      • Jonathan Smith

        Archie Bunker had more……EVERYTHING but money.

        • Beagle

          Archie Bunker loved his family.

      • Bluto

        Archie was a bigoted, racist, misogynistic, poorly educated man, but he had things trump never will. Basic decency, humanity & a loving heart. Archie would be 100 steps up as president.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Archie got to learn the error of his ways rather often. It wasn’t easy on him at times, but he did learn, and was better for it.

  • John Ruff

    This all just a distraction by trumpf to keep our focus away from his treason and theft. Just like him telling his contractors that the check is in the mail.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Donald Trump, at long last, has no decency.

  • PickyPecker

    I suppose this means open-season on Obama for the Shitgibbon’s tweets again.

  • labdad95

    Speaking of worthless…Trump needs to deport his kids. They have no intrinsic value.

    • His wife worked illegally in the U.S. under a tourist visa. Normally that would block any future citizenship applications.

    • LeeCMH

      Trump’s kids may have some value as stepping-stones to impeachment and conviction. Remember Jr.’s famous, get dirt on Hilliary from the Russian, meeting.

      • JWC

        still waitng for Don Jr “Daddy Dearist” memoirs. Ivanks will read like a sequelto Peyton Place

  • another_steve

    Remember Barack Obama, kittens?

    Remember the last time we had a real and legitimate President?

  • Harveyrabbit

    He won’t listen to Obama although this will piss him off big time. The people who do have his ear aren’t doing any criticizing at the moment. They are quite pleased in fact.


    • DoctorDJ

      Trailer trash.

  • Will Parkinson

    Honestly? This is Obama’s fault. If he had just declared martial law like everyone claimed he was going to, we never would have gotten into this mess.

    • Gianni

      Fortunately, Martial Law cannot be used willy-nilly on the whim of a President. There are specific situations, such as rebellion, insurrection, or severe danger to the nation.

      • Or the existence of a President who simply doesn’t give a fuck about the law save as it serves his whims, desires, and impulses.

        Like President Twitler, for example. He’ll do it in a heartbeat the day he thinks he can actually get away with it.

        • Gianni

          I’m not worried about that. He may think he could do that, but it would be w/o legal merit and totally illegal. I can’t imagine that Congress would not step in with such an abuse by the Prez.

          • SoCalGal20

            Really? They’re sitting there right now – while he bans Muslims, says some neo-Nazis are ok, guts our government agencies, conspires with Russia, commits obstruction of justice, and on and on. And on. And aside from an occasional finger wag from Miss Lindsey and John McCain, not one fucking thing done to stop him. So you think now that the right is demonizing left wing “antifa”, that they’d lift a finger if he declared martial law? They won’t. As long as there’s something in it for them.

          • Gianni

            I get your point and your frustration, but, really, such an outlandish maneuver doesn’t concern me.

        • JWC

          So far things that he thought he could get away with have mostly been challanged in court

  • PickyPecker
    • iambu


      Also, am I the only one who has a legit difficult time looking at his kids’ faces? Like the feeling you’d get if someone picked their nose and wiped a slimy boogie on you?

  • AJA

    I’m literally trying to hold back tears right now. This statement encompasses why the DACA repeal is just so WRONG, on so many levels.

    Just in case those who will write the history books might ever read this, remember: Obama spent 8 years trying to unite his country as one America. Trump will stop at nothing to divide us and destroy this beautiful country.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He already got his wish. Just look at who got elected. Look at the opinion polls. The division has already been with us for a long, long time.

  • PickyPecker
    • Rusty cans, with tetanus and dysentery.

      • AmeriCanadian

        …dredged from the bottom of a stinking, stagnant swamp.

        • Cipher

          And we won’t discuss where the string came from. Ahem.

          • ByronK


          • Bj Lincoln

            All the above.

      • JCF

        Thank you.

  • paulrees100

    Trump is sending a young, strong, well educated, & motivated workforce back to Mexico. I’m sure Mexico will thank him in the years to come.

    • edrex

      i so hope you’re right.

    • Bj Lincoln

      It would be nice if leadership would get their shit together and make it so people won’t need to come here. The crooks and crooked have taken over the government allowing drugs to rule. There are lots of reasons people are leaving and hoping for the best here. Only if those deported used their education for good do they have any hope of change.

  • billbear1961

    This fucking country is a cowardly DISGRACE!!

    Democrats should be organizing massive and relentless protests to FORCE Congress to remove Trump from power. He has repeatedly violated his oath of office–he has repeatedly obstructed justice, and THAT is not his ONLY crime, not his ONLY impeachable offense!!

    There is no longer any need to wait for Mueller! While we wait, LOOK at the DAMAGE that racist bastard and his fascist regime are DOING to this DEMOCRACY!!

    The same large and daily protests should demand a thorough investigation into ALL the irregularities that occurred in the 2016 election and REFORMS to ensure all FUTURE elections are SECURE!!

  • Halou

    Trump’s immigration hypocrisy. America wont take in people who don’t know English, wont take in people who fail to pass a cultural identity quiz, wont take in people who don’t already have an invitation to work or study in the US.
    Exceptions, of course, are always made for supremely wealthy individuals / ‘corporate persons’ and those who donate goods and services to the Trump regime.

    Oh, by the way, Latin-American countries if you are listening, we have this bunch of English speaking Americans who we don’t want because they “look funny”, they haven’t seen you in decades, have no idea what life is like within your borders and lack friends or family or anything else they can rely on to sustain themselves. We’re sending them all your way.

    • Cipher

      ” America wont take in people who don’t know English, wont take in people who fail to pass a cultural identity quiz, wont take in people who don’t already have an invitation to work or study in the US.” INSERT _unless white_

  • ohbear1957
    • Paula

      I don’t have to imagine it. Many of my students were in this category.
      Go to any restaurant in El Paso and you will see these people. They work minimum wage jobs where they can be paid cash.

    • billbear1961


      Words aren’t ENOUGH!!

      Let massive and relentless protests show the deplorables we are SERIOUS!!

      It is a shameful thing–an immoral act–to accept governance at the hands of people you can PROVE are liars, thieves, and FRAUDS–deceitful, selfish, greedy and HATEFUL fanatics and RACISTS, who are out to harm MILLIONS of innocent people and who don’t give a DAMN how much they DAMAGE the only home we have!!

  • coram nobis

    Gov’t has all the info it needs to go after Dreamers. The DACA applicants gave their info to Homeland Security, who will turn it over to ICE (h/t Rude Pundit).


    • coram nobis
      • Brian Burleson

        Loves me some Rude. He is, more often than not, spot on.

    • billbear1961

      Isn’t there ANYTHING we can do to SABOTAGE their evil?!

      This is just one MORE reason to organize massive and relentless protests to demand the racist dictator’s REMOVAL from office!!

  • Bluto

    Mr President, I love ya but you must speak up for what is right, shout for decency & scream again injustices. Please don’t let this be an uncommon exception.

  • Cuberly

    Still sort of numb from all this. The viciousness of it…..(sigh)


    • billbear1961

      It’s time to MARCH!!

      At this point, not marching against this regime makes one COMPLICIT WITH ITS EVIL!!

      The whole world is WATCHING!!

      At the moment, it despises Trump; soon it will despise the entire COUNTRY for refusing to STAND UP TO HIM!!

  • olandp

    It seems to me that anyone who volunteered to join DOCA should be immune to prosecution. There is a principle in the Constitution that says you cannot be prosecuted today for doing something that was legal yesterday. I don’t remember what it is called but I recall the principle from seventh grade civics class.

    • Hue-Man

      An ex post facto law (corrupted from Latin: ex postfacto, lit. ‘out of the aftermath’) is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions that were committed, or relationships that existed, before the enactment of the law. In criminal law, it may criminalize actions that were legal when committed; it may aggravate a crime by bringing it into a more severe category than it was in when it was committed;


      • Cipher

        Related legal principles at issue are waiver and estoppel. By allowing these people to build a life and receive an education here while collecting taxes from their work while failing to ensure that the nations their parents brought them here from will bear any responsibility for their well-being or human rights, we’ve waived the right to deport them and now should be estopped from trying to kick them out at this point. It’s only equitable and humane.

        • coram nobis

          There’s also old but valid case law that suggests that the enforcement of any law in a race-prejudicial manner, even if the law is facially neutral, is impermissible. Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886).

      • coram nobis

        Art. I, Sec. 9, cl. 3 of the US Constitution: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

        I don’t know offhand if it applies to anything other than criminal law. Worth a try.

        • canoebum

          The IRS does it all the time. They ruined a friend of mine by making illegal what was perfectly legal at the time he used it his tax strategy. They took almost all his money.

  • Tomcat

    The trump family has already cost American taxpayers more than ALL the illegals combined and we are in the first year. Can you imagine what they will cost us in their lifetime?

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    So this happened in the UK today. I have to commend the Brits for arresting them. In America, Trump would give them Cabinet positions.


    • Brian Burleson

      Sounds a lot like the US Air Force. Yet they continue to get away with it.

  • JWC

    Trump has not tweeted ????

  • A true Presidential man – a very decent human being. He will be remembered long after Trump either lands in jail or drifts away from history.

  • Talisman

    How the dumpster makes policy:

    1. Does it make money for the dumpster or his trash bins?
    2. Does it make the dumpster or his trash bins look good?
    3. Does it distract from Mueller’s investigation?
    4. How much will it help Putin or his allies?
    5. How bad does it make America look on the national stage?
    6. Does it reverse one of Obama’s policies?
    7. Can it be blamed on Obama or the democrats?
    8. How many people will it hurt?
    9. Can it be distilled to 140 characters?
    10. Does it make money for the dumpster or his trash bins?

    • Bj Lincoln

      You need to toss a squirrel in there. Drumpf can’t read well and gets distracted easily. Nice list.

    • ian

      trump can only handle 4 bullet points per day max. I like how 1 and 10 are the same. If he were able to read the list, I don’t think he’d get that.

      • He wouldn’t remember #1 by the time he got to #10.

        • ian


  • JCF
  • FAEN

    Trump is cruel and wrong on pretty much EVERYTHING!

    There, fixed it.

  • Jefe5084

    Trump did not come with any decency package at all. Not even the basic one.

    • We really should have paid the extra for the upgrade model.

  • canoebum

    Republicans get offended and all huffy when someone suggests they are mean spirited. Now I wonder where anyone would get an idea like that?

  • ColdCountry

    Whoa! He’s got to be really pissed to speak up, as he hasn’t before. And what makes me furious is that the Dump supporters will be gleeful over the “fact” that Obama is really upset because Dump is destroying his legacy. Somehow, I doubt that Obama is even thinking about his legacy right now, but instead, is thinking about all the people who will be hurt by this, along with the country he clearly loves..

  • ColdCountry

    And who are the state attorneys general who threatened to sue if DACA was not repealed? They are as guilty! Hunt them down and get them out of office!

  • ian

    trump is such a coward. he gets his lackey Sessions to make the announcement, and basically punts it to congress. I feel terrible for the people who are being affected by this. How frightened they must be right now. But, like the racist bullies they are trumps deplorable base are going it. Lets call it what it is: Ethic Cleansing.

    • kareemachan

      He and the elf are dipshits.

  • Rick

    You forgot the part about him also being a RAGING, PROLAPSED HORSE’S ANUS.

  • coram nobis

    Paul Ryan seems to have changed his tune on DACA.


    I like my waffles with maple syrup.

  • fuow

    Remember when we used to have a real president?
    Yeah, pity liberals in November 2016 weren’t paying attention.
    Sigh. President Obama may have been too conservative for my taste, but, damn – he was at least a real President.