Democrats will fill balcony with 'Dreamers' for State of the Union

- Januari 25, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will fill the balcony with so-called Dreamers and other immigrants during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address next week as the party panned a White House attempt on Thursday to reach a deal on immigration reform.

The White House released a one-page framework for legislation that includes a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers — recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — and other undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The proposal, the work of senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, was offered as a bipartisan compromise to give young undocumented immigrants a legal foothold in exchange for more than $25 billion in increased border security and a sharp reduction in future legal immigration.

While Miller described the plan as a dramatic concession for the White House, Democrats aren’t yet buying in and plan to make a statement at the State of the Union on Tuesday.


“While the president is busy mingling with the biggest beneficiaries of the GOP tax scam in Davos, Stephen Miller is once again running loose in the White House with his own hateful anti-immigrant agenda,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said, referring to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. “Now, Miller is trying to ransom the lives of innocent Dreamers for a $25 billion anti-immigrant wish list. The White House strategy of moving the goalposts every time the president isn’t paying attention continues to complicate this process.”

In addition to Pelosi, several Democratic senators and more than two dozen House members, including Reps. Gerry Connelly of Virginia and David Price of North Carolina, have said they’ll be accompanied by Dreamers and other immigrants at Trump’s speech.


 

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