Rewatch White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing live.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted that despite new Homeland Security memos detailing an expansion of deportation of undocumented immigrants, the "Dreamer" program would remain unscathed.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was instituted under former President Obama. Spicer said the Trump administration would focus on deporting criminals, though the DHS memos said no class of immigrants was "exempt" from deportation.
Spicer compared immigration to tax evasion, saying it was unfair to enforce laws selectively. He advised those who opposed immigration laws to urge Congress to change them.
When asked if the administration considered DACA "settled law," Spicer said, "No," but that it was not part of the recent executive orders.
I'm not sure "cheating on their taxes a little" was the best analogy for Spicer just now re immigration prosecutorial preferences— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) February 21, 2017
Critics poked fun at the tax comparison, as Trump has yet to reveal his tax returns.
Spicer also defended Trump after a scathing statement from the Anne Frank Center dismissed Trump's comments Tuesday morning as a "Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration."
"It's ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this, it's never good enough," Spicer said. He added that Trump was "taken aback" by his visit of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, particularly the exhibit of Dr. Ben Carson, with whom he visited.
Spicer also addressed Trump's calling the media the "enemy."