“Trump, the cruel hostage taker, is now demanding even more tears, more deportations, more broken families and more cash before he will free immigrant youth from his agents.”
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Washington, DC – Today or tomorrow, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on four immigration proposals. The votes come after months of intense negotiations and activism sparked by Trump’s killing of the DACA and TPS programs which have put millions of immigrants in danger. But late last night and today, the White House effectively killed a bipartisan bill because it wasn’t cruel enough. This is the second time that Trump has killed the bipartisan work he himself called for to solve a crisis that he himself created.
Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, said the following:
“Last night, a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Mike Rounds (R-SD) & Angus King (I-VT), agreed on a proposal to provide citizenship to millions of immigrant youth but which also included the mass deportation and attacks on our parents that Trump called for.
“While immigrant youth leaders have fought tirelessly to ensure that broad protections like this for immigrant youth are passed into law, as an organization of young people in families and communities we love, we obviously cannot support it.
“Neither can we support the flagrantly anti-immigrant plans expected today from Senators Grassley and Toomey. The only amendment being voted on today which we could consider supporting is the bipartisan McCain/Coons amendment.
“Last night and today, Trump once again showed the world that his goal is mass deportation, not compromise.
“Even though the Rounds/King amendment included increases in deportations, attacks on our parents and $25 billion in funding for his beloved Border Patrol, it wasn’t enough for the global leader in white supremacy.
“Trump is the man who put immigrant youth in danger in the first place and now the cruel hostage taker, is demanding even more tears, more deportations, more broken families and more money before he will free immigrant youth from his agents.
“United We Dream calls on all people with institutional power at the federal, state and local levels to stop playing by Trump’s rules and take principled action now to protect immigrants and people of color from the Trump government.
“Immigrant youth are putting our bodies on the line day after day to defend our families and our democracy and we will not stop fighting until both are safe.
“This nation is at a crossroads and no number of speeches, tweets or symbolic votes will protect us. At the federal level, we have been calling for the Dream Act because it would protect immigrant youth without hurting our parents. Of the proposals being voted on today, the McCain/Coons amendment gets us closest to that standard but we understand that the fight is far from over.
“We call on all Members of Congress and all people of conscience to work through Trump’s stubbornness to deliver a breakthrough.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.