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DACA: CA's Republican lawmakers could feel the political fallout

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Immigrants and supporters march past the Metropolitan Detention Center as undocumented people jailed inside tap on the windows in opposition to the President Trump order end to DACA on September 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, United States. The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects young immigrants who grew up in the U.S. after arriving with their undocumented parents from deportation to a foreign country. The executive order by the president removes protection for about 800,000 current 'dreamers', about 200,000 of whom live in Southern California. Congress has the option to replace the policy with legislation before DACA expires on March 5, 2018. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) David McNew/Getty Images

The political fallout from Tuesday’s announcement regarding DACA continues in California. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which benefits more than 220,000 people in California.

California Democrats wasted little time condemning the announcement:

"President Trump and his advisers are nothing but cold, compassionless men." -Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon

“The Trump Administration’s decision to rescind DACA is a cruel and devastating blow to the nearly 800,000 young Americans currently enrolled in the program. This indefensible action is an open attack on America’s immigrant communities and undermines our core values as a nation. By definition, DREAMers contribute to the economy and obey our laws. By ending the DACA program, President Trump betrays his true motives. This is not about the economy or crime; rather he only seeks to further his xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda, which continues to tear families apart." -Rep. Judy Chu (D–Monterey Park)

"The President’s decision to end the DACA program is a cruel and arbitrary attack on DREAMers, designed to placate a narrow constituency and erase the legacy of his predecessor."-Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)

Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, were less than unanimous in their position on the matter:

“When President Obama unilaterally created DACA, he unlawfully overstepped his executive authority and only put a temporary band-aid on a problem which prolonged uncertainty for many children brought here through no fault of their own." -Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)

“President Obama was wrong to try and make immigration law by executive order like he did with DACA and DAPA. It is Congress’ role and responsibility to make immigration law, and I believe this is an issue that Congress needs to address.”-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)

"I will do everything in my power to ensure those who were brought here, through no fault of their own, are not unjustly punished." -Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford)

"We should be dedicating our resources to securing our borders and deporting the violent criminals preying on our communities, not going after individuals who were brought to America as children through no fault of their own." -Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock)

DACA's potential political ripple

Tuesday’s decision has also given rise to speculation about what this policy shift might mean for Democrats hoping to flip the House in 2018.

“I think this stands to be one of the bigger issues for both Democrats and Republicans in 2018,” says Marisa Lagos, California politics and government reporter for KQED. "It really depends on what Congress does."

Lagos joined Take Two to discuss the potential political ramifications of President Trump’s decision.

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