Chuck and Nancy aren’t happy.
In a joint statement released after the Trump administration sent Congress a set of strict immigration principles, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped the demands as unreasonable and unserious. Sunday night, the White House released principles that would boost immigration enforcement at the southern border and would limit new legal arrivals, demanding a steep price for helping so-called Dreamers.
The list included President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Here’s what the Democratic leaders had to say:
‘The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.’
The Trump administration says it’s ready to work with Congress, and a senior administration official stopped short of insisting on the policies, the Wall Street Journal wrote.
Trump had previously said he wanted “massive” border security as part of any deal to protect the Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Trump said in September that he would end the program under which Dreamers are protected, known as DACA, short for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
But ending the program came with a six-month delay, giving lawmakers and the Trump administration time to work out a legislative fix. Schumer and Pelosi say efforts toward a deal are off to a bad start. “If the president was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so,” they said.
Trump has in the past called the pair by their first names, saying the three of them would “like to see something happen” on DACA.