White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Tuesday that many people eligible who were eligible for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program did not sign up because they were “too lazy to get off their ass.”
Kelly, usually soft-spoken, spoke his mind in a very Trumpian way when explaining to reporters why President Trump endorsed the idea of giving citizenship to 1.8 million illegal immigrants during his State of the Union speech.
“There are 690,000 official DACA registrants and the president sent over what amounts to be two-and-a-half times that number, to 1.8 million,” the former Homeland Security Secretary said, according to Erica Werner of the Washington Post. “The difference between 690 [thousand] and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up.”
Kelly further explained to reporters that he did not think President Trump would unilaterally extend DACA beyond March 5, something Trump himself floated immediately after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September that the program would end.