Response to a Truth Challenged President
In the State of the Union, President Trump claims to offer a “down the middle compromise” on immigration. It is not. Instead Trump continues his attack on immigrants in the United States with his administration’s latest immigration plan. Rather than dealing humanely with the current crisis of immigration, the Trump Administration proposes to waste some 25 Billion dollars of taxpayer money to further militarize border communities by building walls and deploying more federal agents to immigrant communities across the nation. The changes in immigration law proposed by the Trump administration will not benefit our people. They will only devastate communities while pleasing a few white nationalists.
In his speech he repeats his proposed framework as a compromise for revising immigration law. They demand 25 billion dollars for the border wall, more personnel for ICE, and an increased authority to deport immigrants. This proposal differs from prior plans released by the White House because the Republican administration included a provision that would grant legal status to 1.8 million immigrants, including DACA recipients. In exchange, the Republican White House expects to gain the resources and authorization to terrorize the 9.2 million immigrants who will not receive legal status. The Trump administration’s immigration agenda is deplorable and unacceptable.
The White House framework is another version of the list of demands they released October 2017. Those demands include deporting children seeking asylum, easing the requirements for deportations, expanding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) authority, allowing state governments to enforce immigration laws and protecting those state governments from being sued after deporting and detaining immigrants. Republican Congressmen justify these brutal proposals by saying that they are necessary for national security, including the need to fight gangs like MS-13. They further justify their proposals for mass deportations by saying that those who became refugees in this country did so by abusing loopholes.