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New York lawmakers had plenty to say about President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to phase out the Obama-era DACA program.
President Trump's decision was met with quick criticism from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
On Monday, he and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the state would file a lawsuit.
They say the DACA program protects 42,000 New Yorkers who were brought to the U.S. Illegally as children.
"President Trump is talking about DACA and rescinding DACA, which is just feeding the beast of bigotry red meat," the governor said. "That's all this is about."
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the president's decision to end program, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Tuesday morning.
Sessions says President Barack Obama was wrong to create it in 2012.
"Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch," Sessions said.
The announcement has sparked protests nationwide. It's all because of the program which allowed illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to work and study in the U.S. on a two- year renewable permit.
The administration will phase out DACA for an estimated 800,000 recipients, leaving this part of immigration reform in the hands of Congress.
New York's two senators say they want to continue Obama's DACA protections.
Sen. Charles Schumer/ D- New York: "Congress now has an ability, an obligation to act," Sen. Charles Schumer said. "Democrats will do everything we can to prevent President Trump's terribly wrong order from becoming a reality."
In a statement, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said "Congress must lead where the president won't and pass the Dream Act."
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik wrote in a statement that Congress must act urgently to address immigration, but stopped short of saying whether or not she'd support DACA protections in a new immigration bill.
The president tweeted last night that if Congress is unable to pass DACA protections in an immigration law within six months, he might revisit the issue.