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April 12, 2019

Chairman Thompson: Trump Plan to Use DHS As Political Weapon Shows Administration’s Depraved Immigration Agenda Is Not About Security

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration proposed releasing migrants into targeted cities as political payback:

“The fact that this idea was even considered – not once but twice – serves as a reminder that the Trump Administration’s reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty.  President Trump’s terrible border security and immigration ideas have all failed for the simple reason that they are terrible.  If the Administration wants to send a message to Democrats, let us send this message to the President: if your immigration policies are not fixing the problem but only cause chaos and focus on keeping people out, they will always fail. Playing politics with the country’s homeland security has been a mainstay of the Trump Administration since day one.  The American people want it to end.”

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