Former President Barack Obama is up in arms about President Trump doing away with DACA. On Facebook Obama makes misleading statements about DACA.
Obama was certainly playing to people’s emotions when he called the move by Trump “self-defeating” and “crueol.” He called DACA recipients “patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag.”
Here are some misleading statements in Obama’s Facebook post that do not hold up well, per Daily Wire:
- Obama labeled DACA recipients as some of America’s “best and brightest young people” which is, at best, stretching the truth. A 2014 report from the Migration Policy Institute estimated that “fewer than one-in-ten of the 850,000 adult illegals then potentially eligible for DACA had two-year vocational college qualification or better.” Furthermore, only 1% had an advanced degree while 60% only achieved a high school-level “exit credential.”
- Obama stated “Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate,” which does not match the findings of a recent study conducted by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us group — a pro-immigration/open borders lobbying group. According to the study, if DACA were repealed, it would potentially open up 700,000 jobs that could be filled by American citizens.
- Obama also stated that kicking out DACA recipients won’t “lighten anyone’s taxes,” yet another statement that does not match facts. A 2013 study by the Heritage Foundation found that amnesty for the roughly 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion dollars.
Obama closed out the statement by saying that this decision was about morals and basic human decency. He went on to state that the American goal should be to get to a more “perfect union.” As usual, Obama wasn’t worried about protecting American jobs and looking out for the safety of our nation other than a quick mention of “We all want safe, secure borders.”