Washington, DC – Overnight, in advance of Trump’s rally in Phoenix, AZ today, McClatchy News reported that the White House is working on an immigration deal, which would use immigrant youth as a fig leaf to mask a white supremacist wish list of immigration changes to carry out Trump’s racist mass deportation agenda.
The plan is being floated as 800,000 immigrant youth and their families campaign to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) which – for five years – has protected these immigrant young people and has enabled them to work, drive and otherwise live their lives. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and a group of anti-immigrant politicians have threatened to sue Trump before an anti-immigrant judge if he doesn’t kill the DACA program by September 5, exactly two weeks from today.
Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director of United We Dream said:
“Imigrant youth will not be used as a bargaining chip for a white supremacist deal to terrorize our parents, families and friends.
“My brother has DACA and my parents are undocumented. I ask Members of Congress and all people to think of their own families before considering this latest “deal” from Trump to use my brother’s welfare to put a hit out on my parents. Would you cut a deal which would result in your own mother being chased down and locked into a detention camp to be tormented and abused? The deal is morally wrong and must be rejected.
“We heard the hate-filled chants in Charlottesville calling for a country without people of color, without immigrants. This is no coincidence. The Trump team is pushing a white nationalist agenda to remove immigrants from society, lock us into detention camps and force us out of the country.
“We renew our call on Trump, General Kelly and those with a conscience at the White House to leave the DACA program alone and we renew our call on Attorney General Paxton to drop his lawsuit threat.
“Immigrant youth are escalating our drive to save the DACA and TPS programs and block the Trump mass deportation agenda. Our lives and the lives of our families are at stake. This is our home and we are #HereToStay.”