Critics accuse White House of hypocrisy over DACA

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Critics say Trump is hypocritical for pardoning former sheriff Joe Arpaio and and then ending DACA. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Critics say Trump is hypocritical for pardoning former sheriff Joe Arpaio and and then ending DACA. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The president recently pardoned the former Maricopa County lawman following his criminal contempt of court conviction. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The president recently pardoned the former Maricopa County lawman following his criminal contempt of court conviction. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session announced the president was winding down DACA on Tuesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session announced the president was winding down DACA on Tuesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Activist Crystal Crillo believes Arpaio should have gone to jail for ignoring a court order to halt his immigration sweeps that were found to be unconstitutional. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Activist Crystal Crillo believes Arpaio should have gone to jail for ignoring a court order to halt his immigration sweeps that were found to be unconstitutional. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Puente Arizona held a meeting on the winding down of DACA on Tuesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Puente Arizona held a meeting on the winding down of DACA on Tuesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session announced the president was winding down DACA on Tuesday, he said the decision was made to follow the rule of law. 

[RAW VIDEO: AG Sessions announcement on DACA program]

But critics are accusing the White House of hypocrisy since they believe President Trump has no interest in law and order. 

To underscore their argument, members of Puente Arizona, a group of Hispanic activists, pointed to the recent pardon of Joe Arpaio. 

The president recently pardoned the former Maricopa County lawman following his criminal contempt of court conviction. 

[RELATED: Trump vows to revisit DACA if Congress stumbles]

Activist Crystal Crillo believes Arpaio should have gone to jail for ignoring a court order to halt his immigration sweeps that were found to be unconstitutional. 

"If they were so concerned about law and order and if the administration really cared about bringing justice to the people then they would have put Joe Arpaio in jail," she said. 

[READ MORE: US immigration: DACA and Dreamers explained]

Other members of the activist organization described the decision to lift protections for the 28,000 so-called Dreamers in Arizona as cruel and inhumane. 

However, a spokeswoman for the president defended the action by saying, "It's not cold hearted for the president to uphold the law. We're a nation of law and order." 

[RELATED: 10 House Republicans say they want to keep DACA]

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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