The Trump Administration Says It Won’t Protect DACA Recipients Unless Democrats Make Deals With Them
Once again, DREAMers and DACA recipients are caught in the crossfire between President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers. On Sunday night, Trump issued Democrats an ultimatum of sorts, asking Dems to grant them several concessions in exchange for the protecting DREAMers and DACA recipients.
This latest pushback from the president comes less than two days after the deadline for the DACA renewal application.
So what’s on Trump’s list of demands? According to The New York Times, here’s what Trump wants in exchange for protecting DREAMers and DACA recipients:
- Construction and funding approval for the border wall.
- Approve the hiring of 10,000 immigrant agents.
- Tough laws on those applying for asylum or applying as refugees.
- The rejection of federal grants to “Sanctuary Cities.”
- The implementation of the E-Verify program, which would essentially keep undocumented immigrants from obtaining employment.
That’s just some of it. Here’s the entire list.
The New York Times also notes that several people worked on writing this list of demands. They include Stephen Miller, a Trump advisor who’s been outed as a racist, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House, in a joint statement.
Pelosi has gotten some backlash from undocumented immigrants because they claim she is playing with the fate of millions of people by even trying to compromise with Trump. Last month, protestors disrupted Pelosi during an event in which they said the Democratic leader should fight for the protection of all undocumented immigrants, not just DREAMers and DACA recipients.