Biden: Ending DACA ‘inhumane’ and ‘not America’
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE slammed President Trump's decision Tuesday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, calling the move "inhumane" and un-American.

In an emotional and biting Facebook post, Biden cast Trump's decision as an unnecessary affront to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in danger of being "sent to countries they don't even remember."

"These people are all Americans," Biden wrote. "So let's be clear: throwing them out is cruel. It is inhumane. And it is not America.

"Congress and the American people now have an obligation to step up and show our neighbors that they're welcome here, in the only place they've ever called home."

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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would phase out DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. 

But the administration said the phase-out would take place over six months, giving lawmakers an opportunity to pass legislation to address the matter. 

Still, the decision drew widespread criticism and sparked many Republican and Democratic lawmakers to call for swift legislative action on protections for DACA beneficiaries. 

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NYT publishes controversial Tom Cotton op-ed The millions of young people forgotten amid pandemic response Poll: Biden leads Trump, Cunningham neck and neck with Tillis in North Carolina MORE said in a Facebook post that Trump's decision was "cruel" and rooted in the president's own political interests.

"It's a political decision, and a moral question," he wrote. "Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us."