Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said it is "morally defensible" for Democrats to approve President Trump's planned border wall if it means protecting 800,000 DACA recipients living in the United States.
O'Malley said the wall is unnecessary and said the president has a history of "scapegoating" immigrants like those coming from Mexico.
But, he said that building a wall as Trump intends is small ball compared to his party's wish to give DACA recipients the ability to live freely in the country.
"I don’t think the people of the country believe that [the wall] is needed... But having to say that, if the trade-off for some legislators is that you have to accept Donald Trump’s obsession with his big wall, given the stable genius that he is, in order to make 800,000 people secure in their citizenship in the United States, I think that’s a morally-defensible trade-off," O'Malley, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, said.