Bannon breaks with Trump on DACA: Conservatives ‘are not happy with this’

Source: Politico

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he doesn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA program and blasted the Catholic Church’s support for undocumented immigrants because “they need illegal aliens to fill the churches.”

“The Catholic Church has been terrible about this. The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why. You know why. Because [they’re] unable to really — to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens,” Bannon told CBS’ Charlie Rose in an interview, excerpts of which were broadcast Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” “They need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious on the face of it. … They have an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.”

Bannon told Rose that he disagreed with Trump’s decision this week to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors. But he also expressed empathy for the president, who said he struggled with what to do about the so-called Dreamers who enrolled in DACA and whom Trump had pledged to treat with “great heart.”

“Look what he did on DACA the other day. OK, I don’t agree with that DACA decision, but I understand how he struggled with it. I understand how he’s giving a possibility of a legislative thing,” Bannon said in his interview, which will be broadcast Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “And he said even last night in a tweet, even a tweet, he would rethink it. Trust me, the guys on the far right, the guys on the conservative side, are not happy with this.”

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