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Kelly rips Dem lawmaker who called him 'disgrace' after DACA decision

Kelly rips Dem lawmaker who called him 'disgrace' after DACA decision”

The comments from Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, came less than a week after Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said he was a "disgrace to the uniform he used to wear" because of Kelly's role in advising President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which has protected almost 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally since 2012.

Gutierrez has no military service record.

"In an email to Fox News, Kelly said Gutiérrez "has a right to his opinion" but countered that Congress had done "nothing" to solve problems with DACA".

"They can call people liars, but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them", Kelly said.

Not only did Kelly take the high road by not resorting to name-calling and personal attacks, he used the memory of his mother to drop the proverbial hammer.

Luis Gutierrez had leveled the criticism at Kelly over his support of President Trump's decision to end a controversial program that shielded young illegal immigrants from deportation.

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Kelly rips Dem lawmaker who called him 'disgrace' after DACA decision

"Every DOJ and DHS lawyer says DACA is unconstitutional. I am not confident".

The Trump administration is ending DACA with a six-month delay to push Congress to make the program law, criticizing the Obama administration's authority to enact it.

"If I saw someone in need and I did nothing, I'd be defacing my own humanity", the congressman said.

Kelly previously served as secretary of Homeland Security, before taking the reins at the Trump White House.

"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 added in the statement, posted on his house.gov page.

Kelly defended Trump's decision to put DACA's fate in Congress' hands by raising questions about the program's legality, a common argument of DACA's critics.

"During my time at DHS - from 20 Jan until this moment - I have met with hundreds of members on both sides of the hill ..." My [message] always was 'I have bought you time to do something on DACA.' I begged and pleaded with them. "They did exactly nothing".



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