Though the decision by President Donald Trump to rescind the Obama administration’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been met with criticism from the media and others, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has defended Trump’s action to “uphold the law,” while attacking Democrats for politicizing the issue.
During a Tuesday news conference, Sanders was questioned by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker on Trump’s DACA decision.
“The president vowed to treat Dreamers with ‘great heart,’” Welker said. “How is this move treating them with great heart?”
“I think by allowing an orderly process to take place. You know there’s a lot of people that I’ve seen attacking the president for not showing the level of compassion that they feel like he should. To me, the most heartless thing that I’ve seen today is that Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are using this decision today for fundraising while the president is trying to fix this situation,” Sanders replied.
She continued, noting Democrats “are politicizing an issue instead of actually doing their job,” and that if they “would spend less time fundraising and more time focusing on solutions, we wouldn’t even be in this problem in the first place.”
Her answer gave way to a barrage of questioning from the reporters present at the briefing. But Welker’s follow-up question, regarding the message Trump’s decision could potentially send, pierced through.
“Dreamers, supporters of Dreamers, say this is ‘cold-hearted,’ ‘you’re leaving the future of 800,000 people uncertain, up in the air.’ What is your message to them?” Welker asked.
Sanders answered that it is the president’s job to maintain law and order.
“It’s not cold-hearted for the president to uphold the law. We are a nation of law and order, and the day that we start to ignore the fact that we are that, then we throw away everything that gives these people a reason to want to come to our country,” Sanders said,
“If we stop becoming the country that we were envisioned to be, then we throw away what makes us special, which makes America unique,” she added. “This president’s not willing to do that. The previous administration was, this one isn’t.”
Sanders capped her statement saying Trump is merely upholding the Constitution.
“But we want to have real solutions. We want to have laws that address these problems, but it’s Congress’s job to legislate, not the president’s,” Sanders said. “And we actually want to uphold the Constitution, and I think people across this country should be celebrating the fact that they have a president that is standing up and upholding the Constitution as he was elected to do.”
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source: Western Journalism