Cotton: DACA ‘A Mess of President Obama’s Making’

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Former President Barack Obama is to blame for the ongoing “mess” surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program, Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday.

“President Obama created this mess. And it’s landed in President Trump’s lap and our lap in the Congress. The reason we know it’s unlawful is President Obama himself said it was unlawful in 2010 and 2011 when he was asked to take these steps and did not. But he did so in 2012 in the middle of his reelection,” Cotton said on the “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Sen. Tom Cotton listens to testimony during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2016 (Getty Images)

Sen. Tom Cotton (Getty Images)

“I don’t know if any capable and forthright lawyer who argues that the administration can defend this proposition in court. They certainly have weaker ground to stand on than President Obama did when he refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act a few years ago in court. So it’s just not, this is all a mess of President Obama’s making,” Cotton said.

The senator added that if the Trump administration would likely lose if they tried to defend DACA in court from legal challenges by Republican state attorneys general.