Barack Obama is no longer commander in chief. But he commands a major Twitter following, and he plans to deploy it if President Trump ends DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that in six months, he will terminate the Obama-era DACA initiative, which grants two-year work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and stayed out of trouble,” said Politico, which first reported the news.
“Obama’s current plan is to post a statement on Facebook and link to it on Twitter, where the former president has more than 94 million followers,” the site said.
Ahead of Obama’s possible statement, his old aides were weighing in.
“This is as cruel and capricious a public policy decision that any President has made in a very long time,” said former Obama communications director Dan Pfeiffer.
Politico said a source close to Obama said the 44th president would not stand by quietly while immigrants whose parents brought them to this country are subjected to deportation.
“Back to a country they don’t know with a language they don’t speak?” the person said. “It’s cruel.”