Defenders of DACA and Obama say the former president wanted immigration reform that would accommodate the DREAMers, but Republicans refused to pass it in Congress. That's why he dealt with it via executive order, and it's just one more reason why he has the right to speak out now–he's intimately familiar with policy details here.
Reminder: this is how we got #DACA in first place. Congress failed to pass legislation and Obama felt compelled to act. https://t.co/ZDhdgHHXWm
Besides, Obama always said he would get back in the fray if it was necessary.
“I want to be respectful of the office and give the president-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance,” he said.
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that...go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it's necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I'll examine it when it comes.”