Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Congress should preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily protects young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors from deportation.
"President Obama was wrong to address the Dreamers issue by Executive Order. He should have done it in conjunction with Congress, which is how we make laws in our democracy," Scott, a Republican, said in a statement. "But this issue must be addressed. I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents."
"These kids must be allowed to pursue the American Dream, and Congress must act on this immediately," he added.
Scott is a staunch suppoter of President Trump, who is currently considering whether to cut off the program. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, said Friday that Trump's decision will be announced on Tuesday next week.
Scott joins other Republicans who are urging Trump to keep the program alive, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Ryan told Wisconsin's WCLO radio that "Congress should fix" the current DACA program and Hatch said in a statement he has "urged the President not to rescind DACA."
Former President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012.