Maryland Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp leveled a blistering critique of President Donald J. Trump Wednesday in response to the president's decision to end protections for people brought into the country illegally as children.
Kopp, a Democrat, called the decision "just un-American" and "wrong."
"The so-called leaders in Washington are bringing out the worst in us," Kopp said during her opening remarks at the Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis. Trump gave Congress a six-month deadline to address the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan sitting beside her, Kopp said it is important that the state and its governor speak out against the action.
Hogan, who had not mentioned the topic in his opening remarks, interjected that "I did that very firmly yesterday."
On Tuesday, Hogan said through a spokeswoman that while he favors more secure borders, he supports participants in the DACA program.
"Focusing immigration efforts on children and young people, many of whom have never known another home and came to this country by no fault of their own, should not be where enforcement efforts are concentrated," spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said. "Instead of targeting innocent kids, we should be targeting criminals."
Later Wednesday, Attorney General Brian Frosh released a statement saying his office planned to "evaluate all options to protect" beneficiaries of the program.
"President Trump's action to end DACA continues his record of inhumane and un-American actions taken against minorities and immigrants in our country," Frosh said. "Dashing the hopes and aspirations of 800,000 young people who have grown up, attended schools, obtained jobs, created businesses and cultivated relationships here in America is cruel."