Eric Holder: Only 'extremists' want to see DACA end

Eric Holder: Only 'extremists' want to see DACA end
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Pennsylvania Supreme Court releases new congressional map 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 MORE on Tuesday blasted the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"Undoing #DACA unnecessary & cruel," tweeted Holder, who served under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE when DACA was implemented in 2012.

"Extremists favor this-not majority. Inconsistent with who we say we are as a nation," Holder said, adding that so-called Dreamers who benefit from the program are "good for USA."

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would end the program that allows young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for work visas and stay in the country.

About 800,000 immigrants are shielded from deportation under the program.

President Trump defended the decision to end DACA in a statement Tuesday, arguing that the Obama-era program went beyond the powers of the executive branch.

"There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will," Trump said.

Trump said Congress now has the chance to "advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first."