President Donald Trump started his Friday morning by posting a flurry of tweets aimed at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying the order signed by his predecessor in 2012 was illegal.
Trump first quoted Christopher Hajec, the director of litigation for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, in a thread of three tweets.
"The Immigration Law Institute's Christopher Hajec says, 'The Supreme Court has to look at whether DACA is lawful. What they are looking at now is whether Trump's recision of DACA is lawful. Must consider lawfulness of DACA itself. Looks very odd that President Trump doesn't have the discretion to end the program that President Obama began in his discretion,'" Trump wrote.
"'That program was unlawful to begin with. I think it's very unlikely that the SCOTUS is going to issue an order reinstating what it believes is an unlawful program. DACA Is unlawful.'"
Trump added, "President Obama never had the legal right to sign DACA, and he indicated so at the time of signing. But In any event, how can he have the right to sign and I don't have the right to 'unsigned.' Totally illegal document which would actually give the President new powers."
A short time later, Trump said the DACA issue is heading to the Supreme Court and that the justices on the bench will have to issue a decision.
"DACA will be going before the Supreme Court. It is a document that even President Obama didn't feel he had the legal right to sign - he signed it anyway! Rest assured that if the SC does what all say it must, based on the law, a bipartisan deal will be made to the benefit of all!" Trump wrote.
The DACA program allowed nearly 800,000 people who illegally came to the U.S. as children with their parents to stay in the U.S. if they met certain conditions. The Trump administration ended the program in early 2018, but that order was put on hold, and it is now hung up in the court system.
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