Chris Hayes Tussles with GOP Congressman over DACA: ‘That’s Not the Question I Asked’

‘The question I asked is do you agree with the attorney general that people brought here at 5, and now working in the armed services or teachers are taking Americans’ jobs?’

Chris Hayes Tussles with GOP Congressman over DACA: ‘That’s Not the Question I Asked’ (Mediaite)

With reports coming out that President Donald Trump was looking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a group of Republican lawmakers wrote to the president asking him to leave DACA in place until Congress could pass immigration reform. One of those congressmen appeared on MSNBC’s All In this evening, but now seemed to be a bit more diplomatic towards the president after Trump announced he was rescinding the program.

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) told Hayes at the beginning of their interview that he thought the president did listen to him since the administration gave Congress six months to come up with legislation to replace DACA. Donovan further added that Barack Obama created DACA via executive order and that if Trump didn’t act, Congress could have kept kicking this down the road.

Hayes responded that he’s heard this process argument used before explaining that Attorney General Jeff Sessions used the announcement of DACA’s end to claim DREAMers were taking jobs from Americans. The MSNBC host wanted to know if this was something the GOP representative agreed with.

“I agree that there are immigration policies and laws here are broken,” Donovan responded. “And they have to be fixed.”

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