Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) called President Donald Trump’s new proposals for legalizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “an extension of the white supremacist agenda” on Sunday.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Gutiérrez said, “I warned Democrats not to negotiate.” He said that Trump “has never wavered from his xenophobic positions” and added that “what they want to do is criminalize and delegitimize Latinos.”
The proposals, obtained Sunday evening by Politico, are being called “hard-line” by mainstream media observers. Though none of them is framed as a veto threat, they represent conservative positions that skeptics of DACA have insisted ought to be part of any deal to provide legal status to those brought to the U.S. illegally.
Some of the key points are: “complete construction of the border wall”; “prompt removal” of illegal alien minors who have crossed the border in large numbers recent years, but who have been released into the U.S. afterwards; tightening requirements for asylum in the U.S.; and speeding through the court backlog of immigration cases.
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