Congress Must Reject Trump’s Immigration Plan – It Is A Cruel Sophie’s Choice

Every minute that has passed since Trump’s decision to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, back in September, more immigrants living in this country have become vulnerable to deportation.

More than 16,000 young people have already lost their DACA status.

The Trump administration created the current crisis that Congress must now address.

From day one, Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda has ripped families apart and his latest proposal, crafted by political advisor Stephen Miller, pits immigrant youth against our parents and our family members who want to reunite with us and build lives here.

It’s the definition of divisive. It’s a white supremacist ransom note, and we are ripping it up.

Let me be very clear on what I mean by that: Immigrant youth and our families will not be held hostage by Trump’s racist policies in this political moment.

How can we accept this Sophie’s choice? Trump is telling us that in order to be safe ourselves, we must watch our parents get deported and see our family members lose the opportunity to be reunited with us. It is cruel, it is wrong and all people of conscience must reject it.

Trump’s latest immigration plan builds on a clear pattern of racist policymaking.

The same White House administration that wants to ban Muslims now wants to ban even more immigrant families from countries where people of color live.

Both Democrats and Republicans have a clear decision to make in this moment: If they support Trump’s latest plan on immigration, they are endorsing his view that immigrants of color don’t belong here, and that the administration would rather see white immigrants from places like Norway.

Any policymaker who criticized Trump’s racist name-calling of African nations and Haiti cannot also support a plan that would enshrine his draconian views into law.

Any effort to advance the Dream Act in exchange for more immigration enforcement and deportations, and greater exclusion of immigrants of color, must be rejected immediately.

By Cristina Jimenez for NEWSWEEK
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