A Betrayal of Our American Values
The Administration’s anti-immigrant framework is an act of staggering cowardice which attempts to hold the DREAMers hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme.
The 50 percent cut to legal immigration in the framework and the recent announcements to end Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans and Haitians are both part of the Trump Administration’s unmistakable, cruel campaign to make America white again.
This week Congresswoman Pelosi hosted a reception for Filipino World War II Veterans who had been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their exemplary service to our country.
It is often said that America is great because America is good. We are a great country that has been blessed and reinvigorated with the faith and family values of generations of immigrants. That is why so many faith leaders, even those who support the President, have recognized that immigration strengthens our families, our churches and our communities.
The DREAMers will not be ransomed for a hateful agenda that betrays our sacred American values.
On Thin Ice
Now that the Trump Shutdown has ended, Congressional leaders must come together immediately to finish the bipartisan negotiations that have been taking place for months. Since September, Congress has failed to find agreement on a budget for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018, and has instead passed four stop-gap spending bills.
President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ obsession with passing a tax scam to benefit the wealthiest and corporations blinded them to their responsibilities to the American people. Despite controlling the House, Senate and White House, they are so incompetent, so negligent that theycouldn’t get it together to keep government open.
Unfortunately, there is a dark cloud over the Capitol because of their tax scam. Republicans continue to use the $2 trillion increase to the national debt that this tax scam created as an excuse to shortchange the domestic agenda. In our negotiations, Congressional Democrats have been fighting for a budget that increases funding for defense as well as domestic, bipartisan priorities, which we have proposed and sent to the President:
• Immediate action on the opioid epidemic;
• Funding for veterans’ infrastructure and services;
• Reauthorizing community health centers and other health extenders;
• Saving Americans’ endangered pensions;
• Protecting the DREAMers;
• Providing strong disaster recovery funding including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
and other victims of hurricanes and wildfires; and
• A budget that funds the military and the domestic investments that keep our nation strong.
As Democrats continue to work to protect DREAMers in these negotiations, we are honoring our nation’s role as a beacon of hope to millions around the world. However, if there had never been one DREAMer, we would still have our work cut out for us to reach a bipartisan budget agreement which honors our responsibilities to the American people.
It is imperative that, with the next deadline coming in only a matter of weeks, the top Congressional leaders immediately come together to get the job done for the American people.
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