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John Kelly: Some Would Say DACA-Eligible Immigrants Who Didn’t Sign Up Were ‘Too Lazy to Get Off Their Asses’

While telling reporters that President Donald Trump wasn’t expected to extend the March 5 deadline for legal protection related to DREAMers, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly seemed to label some young DACA-eligible immigrants as “lazy.”

Kelly said he didn’t think the president had the authority to extend DACA as the original order issued by President Barack Obama wasn’t based on the law. He further noted that the White House’s proposal to now expand the number of undocumented immigrants who could get legal status “stunning” and “generous,” stating that it would be unbelievable for DACA proponents to vote against it.

We then got this amazing quote:

“There are 690,000 official DACA registrants and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million. The difference between [690,000] and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up.”

Kelly also stated that “right now the champion of all people who are DACA is Donald Trump — but you would never write that.”

It should be noted that Trump announced the end of DACA in September, leading to this upcoming deadline that has created the pressure to pass something right now in Congress.

Listen to Kelly’s comments above, via CNN.

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