- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest son, Dexter King, argued that President Trump should be given the benefit of the doubt on phasing out the “Dreamers” program, saying the public should wait and see what Congress comes up with before directing their anger at the president.

TMZ caught up with Mr. King Thursday morning at the Los Angeles International Airport, asking for his thoughts on Mr. Trump’s comments Tuesday saying he has “a great love” for the roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who rely on Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The Trump administration this week announced a six-month phaseout of the program, giving Congress a chance to pass a more permanent solution.

TMZ asked Mr. King if he thought it was hypocritical for Mr. Trump to say he loves the Dreamers while ending a program that shielded them from deportation.

“It’s hard to question somebody’s — what’s in their heart or mind,” Mr. King responded. “I can only take him at his word and hopefully his actions that he’ll encourage Congress and also sign whatever legislation that comes out to deal with this crisis.

“I think we have to take him at his word, initially,” he said. “I think you should give people the benefit of the doubt and then if they don’t follow through, then you have something to say. You can say at that point, ‘You didn’t keep your word.’ But until that happens, you really have to give them the benefit of the doubt.”

Mr. King, 56, is the second son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.


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