Jimmy Carter Says Trump's DACA Decision Was Smart

President Trump has finally found a Democrat who likes his administration’s threat to repeal a controversial immigration program.

Jimmy Carter revealed Wednesday that he disagrees with other members of his party about Trump’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which blocks the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. According to The Associated Press, the former president suggested that the phased-in repeal could force action on Capitol Hill.

“To give Trump some due, he hasn’t ended DACA yet. What he said is he’s given the Congress six months to address the issue, which is long overdue,” Carter said during a speech at Emory University in his home state of Georgia. He expressed hope that the “pressures and the publicity that Trump has brought” may result in the comprehensive immigration reform that Democrats and some Republicans have been advocating for years. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were unable to get such legislation passed. Obama also was unsuccessful in advancing the DREAM Act for young immigrants.

“I don’t see that as a hopeless cause,” Carter said, adding that he gives Trump “credit when he does some things that are not as bad” as the president’s critics believe. The AP noted that while the ex-president was speaking to the students, the top two Democratic leaders in Congress were meeting with Trump at the White House. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were looking for a deal to save DACA.

Both of the leaders claimed later in the day that they had reached an agreement with the president that would provide continued protection to the so-called “DREAMers.” In return, Democrats would agree to vote for increased border security. It was unclear whether the compromise would include funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that Trump promised his supporters during the 2016 campaign.

Thursday morning, the president tweeted: “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.” He vowed that the border wall “will continue to be built.” Later, Trump showed some sympathy for DREAMers. “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” he asked on Twitter. “Really!”

Carter urged Democrats to support additional measures to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the country. He accused his party of being too inflexible on the issue, though he called for advanced technology rather than a 2,000-plus-mile-long wall. Carter said Republicans could help bridge the ideological gap by not being so hostile to what they call “amnesty” for foreigners who have lived illegally in the United States for many years.

The former president also addressed the debate about health care, arguing that a single-payer system like Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposed “Medicare for all” is the best approach. Sanders has lined up 15 co-sponsors in the Senate for his legislation, which would raise taxes on businesses and the wealthy to pay for Medicare expansion.

Source: Daily Mail
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