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MoveOn: Trump’s ‘bill of cruelty’ would hold Dreamers hostage; proposal should be dead on arrival in Congress

Statement of MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland:

“Trump’s proposal seeks to hold the futures of 800,000 Dreamers hostage in order to deport their loved ones and waste taxpayer money on the wall he promised Mexico would pay for. The only possible conclusion is that, despite his tweets and rhetoric, Trump doesn’t actually want a deal and doesn’t care about and has no intent of protecting Dreamers. Instead, Trump appears determined to hold the anti-immigrant hard line his administration has stuck to since day one so he can please the most extreme elements of his white nationalist base. Despite saying he would deal with Dreamers with ‘great heart,’ he has proven time and again that he is more concerned about ticking off the items on John Kelly, Stephen Miller, and the nativist movement’s deportation agenda.

“Remember: it’s Trump who unilaterally chose to rescind DACA. If he cared about Dreamers, Trump could unilaterally decide to keep it in place. His proposal today isn’t a bill of love; it’s a bill of cruelty that is no basis for a deal and should be dead on arrival in Congress.”