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Trump Says Some DACA Recipients Are Hardened Criminals Ahead of Supreme Court Ruling

President Donald Trump said that some recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty are “hardened criminals” as the Supreme Court heard arguments in case Trumps administration has made to try to get rid of the program.

“Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from angels. Some are very tough, hardened criminals,” Trump said in a statement early Nov. 12.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, almost eight percent of total DACA requestors, or nearly 60,000 people, had arrest records.

Trump added in his statement: “President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”

Former President Barack Obama said in October 2010 that he couldnt implement immigration reforms by himself, saying: “I am not king. I cant do these things just by myself.”

Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019

The next year, he said that with “respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, thats just not the case.”

“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President,” he said.

In May 2011, he said: “Sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But thats not how a democracy works.”

He issued DACA as an executive order in 2012, requiring no approval from Congress. The program currently protects about 660,000 immigrants from being deported and lets them legally work.

Three appeals courts have said Trump wasnt allowed to end the program. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the case and is expected to rule soon.

Courts struck down another executive action Obama issued, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, or DAPA. That order gave amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the United States as adults.

President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform during a meeting with young immigrants shielded by his DACA executive order, on Feb. 4, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld (pdf) a nationwide injunction against the order and the Supreme Court allowed the injunction to stand. Some legal observers believe the similarities between DAPA and DACA will lead to the Supreme Court ruling against DACA.

The Trump administration has criticized DACA repeatedly and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5, 2017, that the program was being rescinded, prompting the legal battle thats now culminating.

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