He’s a retired Marine Corps general, a Gold Star father (one of his sons died in the war in Afghanistan) and now serving as the White House Chief of Staff. But Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez just gave General John Kelly a new title: “a disgrace to the uniform.”
This criticism came after the Trump administration announced the dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was created by former President Barack Obama by an executive action in 2012. DACA gives almost 800,000 young people brought to America illegally protection from deportation and allows them to work or go to school in the U.S.
The Washington Examiner reported that U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) took a personal shot at General Kelly because he at one time spoke favorably about the program. Other House members reported earlier in the summer that Kelly told Latino lawmakers in a closed door meeting that he was personally supportive of the controversial program. He also said that it was probably illegal.
“He’s personally for it. He thinks it will not hold up, according to the attorneys he’s spoken with,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told the Associated Press. “He was challenged by those of us in the room, by lawmakers, to publicly announce his own position and to be a leader and to stand up and defend DACA. He said he would consider it.”
Gutierrez indicated that it had been Kelly, who previously led the Department of Homeland Security, which kept DACA alive all this time that Trump has been in the White House. But the Illinois congressman has since changed his mind on Kelly.
“General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear,” the congressman said in a statement.
“General Kelly, when he was the head of Homeland Security, lied straight to the faces of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about preventing the mass deportation of DREAMers,” Gutierrez continued. “He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the president’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”
What do you think of such harsh criticism coming from the congressman about General Kelly?
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