Chris Hayes Tussles With GOP Congressman Over DACA: ‘That’s Not the Question I Asked’


With reports coming out that President Donald Trump was looking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a group of Republican lawmakers wrote to the president asking him to leave DACA in place until Congress could pass immigration reform. One of those congressmen appeared on MSNBC’s All In this evening, but now seemed to be a bit more diplomatic towards the president after Trump announced he was rescinding the program.

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) told Hayes at the beginning of their interview that he thought the president did listen to him since the administration gave Congress six months to come up with legislation to replace DACA. Donovan further added that Barack Obama created DACA via executive order and that if Trump didn’t act, Congress could have kept kicking this down the road.

Hayes responded that he’s heard this process argument used before explaining that Attorney General Jeff Sessions used the announcement of DACA’s end to claim DREAMers were taking jobs from Americans. The MSNBC host wanted to know if this was something the GOP representative agreed with.

“I agree that there are immigration policies and laws here are broken,” Donovan responded. “And they have to be fixed.”

“That’s not the question I asked — that’s not the question I asked,” Hayes exclaimed. “The question I asked is do you agree with the attorney general that people brought here at 5, and now working in the armed services or teachers are taking Americans’ jobs?”

After the New York lawmaker said the goal was to get them to legal status and create a pathway via comprehensive immigration reform, Hayes shot back that Congress has been working on that for 12 years without any success. He also asked why not pass stand-alone legislation such as the DREAM Act, something top senators are looking at doing.

The two would continue to go back for forth a bit more, with Hayes also bringing up Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio when it came to the president’s claim that this is a nation of laws.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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