By: Valerie Ploumpis, National Policy Director
The White House today issued a seven-page screed on immigration as the Administration’s opening offer in Congressional negotiations on the bipartisan Dream Act. The utterly outrageous demands were immediately rejected by the Democratic leadership in both houses.
Reportedly written by the far-right Political Adviser Stephen Miller, former Communications Director to then-Senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is an amalgam of every anti-immigration idea advanced by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans:
Equality California estimates there are 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers (undocumented young people whose parents brought them to the US before December 31, 2016 and before their 16th birthday) in California alone, and we have pushing for a Congressional solution for the 800,000 Dreamers for many months. We have long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform; until our nation has a just and functional immigration system, we do not have full and lasting LGBTQ equality.
As explained in a prior piece, the current crisis was entirely manufactured by President Trump when he unexpectedly gave Congress six months to “fix” the problem of undocumented youth. Indeed, his arbitrary deadline of March 6, 2018 tremendously aggravated the issue because now more than 15,000 DACA recipients have fallen out of protection since September 5, 2017, and can no longer legally work or drive, and now live in fear of arrest and deportation to countries they may never have visited or are hostile to LGBTQ people.
The principles set forth by the White House today clearly show they are not “negotiating” in good faith by issuing these hard-line demands. On the contrary – it is holding vulnerable Dreamers hostage to the Administration’s obsession with curbing legal immigration and with punishing undocumented people who remain in the US. Equality California remains committed to protecting the Dreamers and their families.