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Report: Roy Moore Doesn't Appear to Know What DACA Is

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By    |   Friday, 01 September 2017 05:17 PM

Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court justice who is leading in the polls in the Senate runoff race to succeed Jeff Sessions, apparently doesn't know what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is, according to news reports Friday.

In a July 11 interview with "The Dale Jackson Show" on local radio station WVNN, Moore appears fully unaware of DACA, which allows illegal immigrants who came to this country as children to remain in the United States.

Moore currently holds leads of as much as 18 points in several polls over interim Republican Sen. Luther Strange. The runoff election will be held Sept. 26.

The station's interview was first reported Friday by the Washington Examiner.

Here's Moore's conversation with Jackson:

Jackson: "Would you support an end to the Dreamer program that President [Donald] Trump has still continued to push?"

Moore: "Pardon? The Dreamer program?"

Jackson: "Yes Sir. The DACA/DAPA. You're not aware of what Dreamers are?"

Moore: "No."

Jackson: "Dreamers are — this is a big issue in the immigration debate. Dreamers are . . ."

Moore: "Why don't you tell me what it is Dale, and quit beating around, and tell me what it is?"

Jackson: "I'm in the process of doing that, Judge Moore."

Jackson then gave a lengthy explanation that DACA stemmed from an executive order by former President Barack Obama.

President Trump is expected to announce his decision Tuesday on whether to end the program, the White House said Friday.

"I'm kinda shocked that you don't know what it is," Jackson then said.

"Well if Trump's done it, well then, that's what Trump does," Moore said. "I don't necessarily agree with it."

The Washington Post also reported Moore's gaffe, leading an aide for Strange to say in a statement: "While career politician Roy Moore doesn't even know what DACA is, Luther stands with President Trump, and has fought against Obama's illegal amnesty plan — and won."

However, a Moore campaign spokeswoman later said that "Judge Moore doesn't speak the language of Washington. He speaks the language of the Constitution.

"Judge Moore opposes amnesty under any name. These are the same tactics the career politicians and liberal media used against President Trump, trying to trap in Washington-speak.

"People don't care about acronyms," the spokeswoman said. "They want the border secured — and President Trump and Roy Moore will get that done."

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