While President Trump is phasing out DACA–Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals–many Arizona leaders are speaking out against his decision and urging Congress to act.

Senator John McCain called it “the wrong approach to immigration policy.” 

Although McCain disagreed with the executive order of then-President Obama in June of 2012 to protect some people who immigrated illegally as children from deportation, he says that rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals.” 

Arizona Senator John Kavanagh remarked, “I do not believe that anybody brought here at a young age by their parents (and) who do not have serious criminal records should be deported,” he told The Arizona Republic. “I don’t believe in visiting the sins of the parents on the children, but the adults who came here illegally, I would deport them.”

In a recent PBS television interview, Senator Kavanagh faced off with opposition supporter State Representative Tony Navarrete who believes Congress needs to act quickly to protect innocent children. Navarrete remains strong in his convictions, stating that, “this decision by the president to simply take away DACA is inappropriate, it’s cruel. And at the end of the day, it does not solve the issue.”

The interview is available here.

Navarete will be speaking at the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce public policy meeting on Thursday, September 28 at 11:30 am. This meeting is open to Chamber members. Register here.