WATCH: Obama Calls Trump’s DACA Decision ‘Cruel’ – But Look What He Said In 2012

Former US presidents typically refrain from speaking out on political issues. Barack Obama has broken this general rule to criticize President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program.

Obama called Trump’s move “cruel.” Interestingly, Obama himself admitted DACA was meant to be “temporary” when he first announced it in 2012, as seen on YouTube. At the time, Obama claimed that Congress should be the body to come up with a solution to the immigration situation.

As CNN reports, Obama launched a scathing rebuke of Trump’s DACA decision. He argued that DACA beneficiaries who were brought to the US as minors were not responsible for their parents’ violation of immigration law. Obama also asserted that illegal immigrants contribute to American society.

As posted on Facebook, the former President wrote: “To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

Other prominent Democrats echoed Obama’s “cruel” assessment. As reported by Politico, Bill Clinton issued a statement saying “it’s cruel to send these young people to places many of them have never lived and do not know.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter. “Now they’ll be sent to countries they’ve never known. Cruel. Not America.” And Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), also took to Twitter to say:

“Trump’s decision on DACA is the ugliest and most cruel decision ever made by a president of the US in the modern history of this country.” The widespread use of the same word is much like the seemingly coordinated use of the word “dark” to describe the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, as noted by the Daily Wire.

Although Trump has faced criticism from the political Left for the decision to rescind DACA, he has indicated on several occasions that he is willing to give clemency to illegal immigrants who came to the country as children.

According to Breitbart, Trump chose to rescind DACA because it is unconstitutional. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom the President assigned to announce the end of DACA, wrote that the Obama Executive Order represents “circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.”

Hence Trump’s statement on Twitter: “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
Trump appears to be calling for similar action as Obama, who, according to the Obama White House archives, said in his original DACA announcement: “In the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.”
In the same statement, Obama claimed “this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.”
Per Obama’s own statements, he did not intend DACA to be a permanent program. CBS News reports that during his Presidency, Obama called on Congress to “pass a bill” to help DACA beneficiaries. Although Obama criticized Trump, the President seems to seek precisely what his predecessor prescribed.