The president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce resigned from President Trump's National Diversity Council on Tuesday in the wake of the administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Javier Palomarez announced his resignation during an interview on HLN and said he doesn't see the point in attempting to work with the White House and Trump administration.
"I tried to work as hard as I could with this administration on this issue, and I continue to want to work with them on other issues like tax reform, like healthcare reform, and so many other important things," Palomarez told HLN.
"But I really don't see the logic in doing what we're doing right now. This did not have to happen. … I don't see the point in continuing to try to work with people that clearly don't see this issue the way I do."
In a subsequent press release, Palomarez said the Trump administration's decision to rescind the DACA program is "disgraceful" and runs contrary to not only American values, but the administration's own promise to focus specifically on illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes and pose a threat to communities.
"Let's lay the truth bare: President Trump has knowingly deceived the American people over the past seven months about his intentions to protect the innocent young men and women of the DACA program. ‘Rest easy,' he assured Dreamers, while clarifying that his administration was, ‘not after the Dreamers, we are after criminals,'" Palomarez said in a statement.
"Now, they cannot rest easy. Now, they will be awake at night wondering whether tomorrow will be their last day on American soil.
"The president misled our country by fabricating a position and making [a] promise, only to turn around and do the complete opposite. This administration's pro-growth agenda has sadly fallen to irrelevancy with the president's lack of leadership, constant distractions, and inability to unite the country."
Palomarez told CNN earlier Tuesday he would resign from the National Diversity Council if Trump ended the DACA program.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the DACA program will end in six months. The program began under former President Obama in June 2012 to protect those who were brought into the country illegally as children from deportation, and also allows them to work in the U.S.
Sessions said the DACA program was a "circumvention of immigration laws" and an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch." Ending the program, he said, would push Congress to act.