Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday added his voice to other Republicans who have criticized President Trump's decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for illegal immigrants.
"President Trump made the wrong decision today that could negatively impact our economy and many of the Commonwealth's families," Baker said in a statement Tuesday. "I hope Congress acts quickly to find a bipartisan, permanent solution to maintain the protections of DACA recipients, which includes approximately 8,000 young Massachusetts residents who are right now serving in our military, attending our schools and contributing to our economy while striving to give back to their communities."
Baker is a moderate Republican who faces re-election next year and has routinely been critical of Trump's stance on immigration. He has previously sought to distance himself from the president's more hardline stance on immigration, often noting the contributions immigrants make to Massachusetts' economy – particularly in the realms of healthcare, education, and technology.
Shortly after Trump's win in November, Baker told immigrants in his state that he wanted the commonwealth to remain a "welcoming state."
Trump continues to face pressure from those in his own party who have expressed disappointment with his decision to roll back the policy that spares hundreds of thousands of people from deportation who were brought into the country as children and allows them work in the United States. Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and House Speaker Paul Ryan late last week joined several high-profile Republicans in urging President Trump to keep the program.