Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, sided with several Republican members of Congress in distancing himself from President Trump over his plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In a statement released Monday, the Oklahoma Senator said the U.S. “must confront the nation’s out-of-date” immigration system, but the children of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be held responsible for their parent’s actions.
“It is right for there to be consequences for those who intentionally entered this country illegally,” Lankford said in a statement. “However, we as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents.”
Lankford added that while the U.S. immigration system needs to be changed, it should be done through Congress.
“We must confront the nation’s out-of-date immigration policy and finally resolve the issues of strong border enforcement and merit immigration,” Lankford said.
“We must confront the nation’s out-of-date immigration policy and finally resolve the issues of strong border enforcement and merit immigration,” he said. “Policy reform must come from the American people through Congress. The Legislative and Executive Branch should put aside passivity and partisanship and finally modernize our immigration laws.”