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Thompson: DACA Not a Bargaining Chip for President’s Fantasy Wish List

Jan 7, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Administration’s immigration and border security demands:

"This latest cynical effort to use vulnerable DACA youth as a bargaining chip to secure President Trump's fantasy of a closed immigration system and an unnecessary border wall is a new low for this Administration. These demands are non-starters for Democrats and only show us that the President is not acting in good faith. The American people overwhelmingly agree that legalization and citizenship for Dreamers is the right thing to do. This is what Congress should be focused on. Democrats welcome the opportunity to engage with the White House on these important issues but not while the President continually threatens these innocent young people."

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