“To give Trump some due, he hasn’t ended DACA yet,” Carter said. “What he’s said can be he has given Congress six months to address the issue, which can be long overdue.”
“the item’s very difficult because when (President Barack) Obama had a Democratic House along with also Senate, he didn’t do the item,” he added, pointing to a long history of failed — along with also often bipartisan — efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Carter suggested of which a highly publicized six-month ultimatum might be what’s needed to spur Congress to action.
“I don’t think the item’s a hopeless case. I think the pressure along with also the publicity of which Trump has brought to the immigration issue may have stimulated both Democrats along with also Republicans inside House along with also Senate to be more accommodating in of which longstanding argument,” he said.
Carter also gave advice to his successor.
“I would certainly say to promote human rights, to keep our country at peace, along with also to tell the truth,” Carter said of his words of wisdom for Trump. “I would certainly like to see the United States of America, I’d say Just as before, become the foremost champion of human rights on earth.”
At a separate town hall the night before, Carter slammed Trump’s response to North Korea, saying the North Koreans needed to be treated with respect. He also cast doubt on Trump’s ability to engineer peace inside Middle East.
The 92-year-old lamented the extreme partisanship in government affairs, saying he believes the US can be at its most fragmented since the Civil War. He also slammed the increase in lobbying along with also campaign contributions in contemporary elections.
“I would certainly say the most serious threat to our democracy can be producing ourselves even more like an oligarchy,” he said. “America … used to be one of our finest democracies on Earth along with also as I said, the item’s become primarily an oligarchy.”