Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, argued Wednesday that the 800,000 beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be stripped of those DACA benefits because their parents knew the risks of entering the U.S. illegally.
"There's nothing that compels us to pass a law that Barack Obama implemented in place as an executive edict policy. They came here to live in the shadows," King told Fox News.
"But we have to restore the respect for the rule of law. That's a central piece of this. If you allow lawbreakers, it damages the rest of the immigration policy we've been trying to do. It would be tragic for our republic to see the rule of law so disrespected. Ronald Reagan learned that in 1986. We should learn from that lesson. He reversed his decision and recanted it, I should say, so did most of the Cabinet," King added.
King said Trump should have ended DACA the day he took office.
"We've gone eight months in violation of the Constitution under the Trump administration. The announcement that this ends in six months, I would say I'm welcome for the decision," King said.
The immigration hawk insisted Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will not have success passing the DREAM Act because, "Congress has already multiple times rejected" it.