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Former Mexican President On DACA End: Trump Failed U.S.

| by Lauren Briggs

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, long known for being one of U.S. President Donald Trump's most outspoken international opponents, blasted the American leader on Sept. 7 for committing to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the merit-based system that allows more than 780,0000 folks who came to the country illegally when they were children to remain there without the risk of deportation.

"It is the worst action you have ever done against the ones that cannot defend themselves," Fox said in a video he posted to Twitter after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the move earlier in the week. "This measure is cruel and heartless, worse than any machine. You're cancelling the future of 800,000 children and young people."

Sessions said that he will oversee an "orderly, lawful wind-down" as the Trump administration puts a stop to the 2012 program, calling it an "unconstitutional" instance of former President Barack Obama's executive overreach, according to CBS News.

"The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions," Sessions added. "Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch."

The law allowed some young people who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived there for at least five years, are in school or have a high school diploma or GED, have served in the U.S. military and do not have a significant criminal record to remain in the country despite having undocumented citizenship.

Fox, who famously said during Trump's campaign that he will not "pay for the f**king wall" that the then-presidential hopeful promised to build along the U.S.-Mexico border, reports The Independent, wrote on Twitter that "ending DACA is on the top of the vilest acts" the president has "pulled off."

"You are so mistaken," Fox said in his Twitter video address to Trump. "The future of any countries is in the minorities which will be majorities in a few years. You cannot stop the change, the progress, the future of that great nation. I hope your grandsons [will] never be in this terrible situation."

The disgruntled former Mexican leader took a more mocking tone in a subsequent Twitter video shared by Super Deluxe, in which he jokingly announced that he will be running against Trump in 2020 to be the next U.S. president and went on to remark that a plant or a coffee mug would be a better president than Trump.

"Now, I know a lot of you will say, 'How can you be president?'" Fox said in the video. "You're a Mexican!' And to those people I have three words: Donald, f***ing, Trump."

He also joked that he has "passed the same amount of substantial legislation" as Trump, despite never holding American office.

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