President Obama on Wednesday warned of the dangers of the federal government expanding the DACA program.
The president spoke about his administration’s decision to extend DACA, which allows young people who were brought illegally to the United States as children to remain in the country.
Obama made the comments during a press conference in the Oval Office after meeting with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
He also said the program will “leave a terrible legacy” on young people.
“What we know is the program is being abused, and that’s a very bad thing,” Obama said.
“It’s being used to recruit people.
It’s being misused.
We need to make sure that those who come here have the opportunity to learn.”
DACA has been criticized by Republicans for not being enforceable.
“I think this is one of the most dangerous things we’ve seen in the history of this country,” Trump said Wednesday.
“And I think we should be very careful.
We’ve seen what happens with the Great Depression, what happened in the Great Recession, what has happened to our country.”
In a speech in January, Trump said that he would end the program unless Congress acted to stop it.
“If Congress does not act, then I will end DACA and we will immediately terminate DACA,” Trump told the group.
The White House on Wednesday also announced a new executive order to review the DACA system, and the Department of Homeland Security has been reviewing the issue.
Trump and Democrats are seeking to reinstate the program.
In a tweet Wednesday, Obama called the program “a model for the rest of our immigration laws.”
“The president is right.
DACA has led to more than 5 million people finding jobs, more than 300,000 new residents, more jobs, and a more stable economy,” he said.
The administration has also said it will give states 30 days to determine how to use DACA, a process that can take years.
The DACA program, which was created by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allows people brought to the country illegally as children who were born in the United State to stay in the U.S. as long as they are in school.
It also allows them to work.