GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: DACA Recipients ‘Should Not Be Punished For the Sins of Their Parents’

The White House has stated that President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether or not he’ll continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Approvals (DACA) on Tuesday. This comes after it was reported that Trump has already decided that he’ll end DACA, leaving roughly 800,000 immigrants suddenly at risk for deportation.

During today’s broadcast of CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) noted that ending DACA was something the president had promised he’d do on the campaign trail and said this is one of those promises he wished he wouldn’t uphold.

“They should not be promised for the sins of their parents,” Flake told guest host Dana Bash about DACA recipients. “That’s just the basic principle we should follow here.”

After highlighting that almost all of those in DACA are working or in school, Flake — a harsh critic of the president’s — said ending the program is just not the “way we ought to go.”

Bash then asked Flake what his thoughts would be if Trump said he’d keep DACA if Congress would fund his border wall, the Arizona Republican indicated that no one should support a 2,000-mile long wall along the Mexican border.

Trump has taken to lobbing shots at Flake in recent weeks, criticizing Flake during a Phoenix rally speech last month while sending out numerous mean tweets about the GOP lawmaker, including an endorsement of Flake’s likely Republican primary opponent.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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