Most former Presidents stay out of politics once they are out of the White House. However, Obama has made it clear that he is still trying to ‘lead’ the Democratic Party. He recently denounced President Trump’s decision on DACA. However, during his post he admitted that he passed DACA without a bill.
He started by defending DACA. “These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license,” wrote Obama in a Facebook post.
“Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill,” he said.
However, he never got a bill. He decided that despite not having a bill, he would pass the law anyway.
“That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country,” said Obama.