By Alana Abramson
September 5, 2017

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a rare statement condemning a policy decision of his successor, Donald Trump.

The rebuke comes after the Trump Administration announced it would phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an Obama-era program protecting from deportation nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors by their parents.

In a statement Tuesday, Trump accused Obama of “making an end-run around Congress” by enacting DACA by executive order, as well as “violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic.”

“The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws – this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend,” Trump said.

Obama countered later Tuesday, writing on Twitter that “to target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they’ve done nothing wrong.” He then linked to a lengthier statement on Facebook.

Read Obama’s full statement below:

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