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Chuck Schumer: Trump 'ashamed,' 'not proud' of DACA decision

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"Otherwise he would have come forward himself." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer argued Tuesday that President Trump is "ashamed" and "not proud" of his decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the official announcement earlier in the day.

"It's telling that Attorney General Sessions, not President Trump, made the announcement today that the administration would be ending DACA, and he did it without taking a single question," Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor.

"It shows that President Trump is not proud of what the administration has done today, otherwise he would have come forward himself," Schumer continued. "It shows that he is probably ashamed of his decision."

Schumer made the remarks hours after the administration's announcement, which phases out the DACA program after six months and gives Congress a chance to pass legislation on behalf of recipients of former President Barack Obama's 2012 order. The Senate minority leader said that Democrats will do all they can for those covered by the order.

"Congress now has an ability, an obligation to act. Democrats will do everything we can to prevent President Trump's terribly wrong order from becoming reality," Schumer said.