Senator Collins (R-ME) Proposes Deporting Immigrant Parents, Older Dreamers

United We Dream Press Releases

February 5, 2015
Contact: Mario Carrillo | mario@unitedwedream.org | 915.449.6463

Calls Mass Deportation Plan a “Sweet Spot”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) proposed what she called a “sweet spot” compromise to break the logjam within the Republican party on funding the Department of Homeland Security.

The party’s anti-immigrant wing is insisting on undermining new protections for undocumented youth and families as a condition for the bill’s passage while Democrats and some Republicans just want to get on with it. The Collins compromise proposal, which she called a “sweet spot,” is to preserve the protections given to undocumented youth while throwing immigrant parents back on the deportation conveyer belt.

Lorella Praeli, Director of Policy and Advocacy for United We Dream said,

“Sen. Collins’ proposal is a non-starter.”

“No matter how hard they try to smile while saying it, the Republican party’s core immigration policy appears unchanged: “get out.” Jeb Bush recently proposed tracking down 40% of undocumented people and “politely asking them to leave,” and yesterday Collins proposed deporting people like my mother and older Dreamers as a “sweet spot” compromise everyone should be happy with.”

“With all due respect, there’s nothing sweet about mass-deportation.”