Sen. James Lankford speaks about his legislation in response to DACA debate

Sen. James Lankford speaks about his legislation in response to DACA debate


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WEBVTT RK MARTIN, MAGGIE CARLOW, ANDMETEOROLOGIST SHELBY HAYS.SENATOR LANKFORD: SO WHEN WE PUTTHE SUCCEED ACT TOGETHER, WETOOK INTO CONSIDERATION A BASICrtFACT.IN AMERICAN LAW WE DON’T HOLD, CHILDREN ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEACTIONS OF THEIR PARENTS.THEY ARE CAUGHT IN BETWEEN.MARKIE:rt THOSE OKLAHOMA SENATORJAMES LANKFORD TALKING ABOUT THEDACA AND HIS RESPONSE TO IT.THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONDELIVERING A BLOW TO NEARLY800,000 YOUNG UNDOCUMENTEDIMMIGRANTS WHEN IT ANNOUNCED THErtIT WAS ENDING THE DACA PROGRAM.WILL THEY LOSE PROTECTION FROMDEPORTATION?CONGRESS HAS SIX MONTHS TO ACT.WHAT IS THE FATE OF THOSEDREAMERS?TO ANSWER rtTHAT FOR US, LET’SBRING IN SENATOR LANKFORD INTOTHE SHOW.GOOD MORNING, SENATOR.SENATOR LANKFORD:rt GOOD MORNINGTO YOU.MARKIE: DID YOU AGREE WITHPRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION TORESCIND THE DACA PROGRAM?SENATOR LANKFORD:rt I DID BECAUSETHAT SHOULD HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACONGRESSIONAL ACTION.THE DACA, IS NOT ArtPERMANENT SOLUTION.IS BASICALLY SAYING WE WILL NOTPICK YOU UP AND DEPORT YOU FORTWO YEARS IF YOU REAPPLY, BUT ITGIVES THEM NO REAL STATUS SO THEOTrtHER LIVING IN LIMBO.IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOLVEDLEGISLATIVELY TO GIVE CERTAINTYTO THOSE INDIVIDUALS RATHER THANA CONSTANT EVERY TWO-YEAR LIMBO.rtMARKIE: LEGISLATIVELY YOU AGREE,BUT WHAT ABOUT MORELLI?IT MUST BE IMPOSSIBLE TO FACETHOSE DACA RECIPIENTS WHO HAVErtNO SENSE OF HOME AND TO TELLTHEM YOU TECHNICALLY DON’TBELONG HERE IN YOUR FATE IS NOWIN LIMBO.SENATOR LANKFORD: THAT IS ALMOSTEXACTLY THE SAME WORDS I HAVEWITH HIM WHEN I TALKED.THEY DO NOT HAVE A HOME.rtSIX MONTHS A YEAR OR TWO YEARSOLD, THEY DO NOT KNOW THEIR HOMECOUNTRY.THEY HAVE GROWN UP HERE.THEY SPEAKrt ENGLISH.THEY ARE ENGAGED IN OUR ECONOMY.THEY HAVE JOBS.THEY HAVE GONE TO SCHOOL OR AREIN SCHOOL.VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION FORrtTHEM.MANY OF THEM DO NOT EVEN KNOWTHAT THEY CAME HERE ILLEGALLYUNTIL THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOLAND THEIR PARENTS IT DOWN WITHTHEM AND SAY THERE IS SOMETHINGI NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT GOINGTO COLLEGE.rtYOU CANNOT BECAUSE OF X, Y, Z,AND WE ARE NOT CITIZENS HERE.THEY DID NOT CHOOSE IT.THEY ARE LIVING IT.rtTHESE KIDS ARE LIVING A WHOLELIFE KNOWING THEY ARE AMERICANS,AND THEY FIND OUT THEY ARE NOT.THIS IS AN ISSUE WE CAN…

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