Schumer Says He ‘Literally Cried Tears of Joy’ When He Heard the ‘DACA Decision’

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA, which allows nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of the news, “I literally cried tears of joy when I heard the DACA decision.” He then referred to them as “the wonderful young Dreamers” and said that them and their families “have a huge burden lifted off their shoulders.” He believes that “one day they will become American citizens.”

From The Hill:

Schumer appeared visibly emotional and teared up as he spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Trump administration from ending an Obama-era program that shields nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“Wow. What a decision. And let me say this. In this very difficult time, the Supreme Court provided a bright ray of sunshine this week. With the decision on Monday preventing discrimination in employment against the LGBTQ community, and now with this DACA decision,” Schumer said, referring to a ruling that workers can’t be fired for being gay or transgender.

“To me, frankly, the Court’s decisions were surprising but welcome and gives you some faith that the laws and rules … of this country can be upheld. Wow. The decision is amazing,” he added.

Schumer appeared ready to turn to a different topic, the GOP police reform bill, but paused as he visibly choked up over the Supreme Court’s decision on the immigration program.

“But again, I cannot — the Supreme Court, who would have thought would have so many good decisions in one week? Who would have thought? Wow,” he added.

President Trump was not thrilled with the decision saying that “as President of the United States, I am asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law. The Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again.”

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