Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is ripping the Trump administration for ending a key Obama-era immigration program aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
“Trump’s decision to end the DACA program … is the cruelest and most ugly presidential act in the modern history of this country. I cannot think of one single act that is uglier and more cruel,” Sanders said from the Senate floor.
Sanders added that the decision, announced this week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is an “abomination.”
Senate Democrats have taken over the Senate floor on Wednesday to protest the decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Democrats are demanding a stand-alone vote on the DREAM Act. Similar to DACA it would allow people brought to the United States illegally as children to continue to live and work freely in the country.
Sanders added that Congress should pass the DREAM Act “as soon as possible.”
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Stephen Miller (Santa Monica native, Duke grad and self-appointed defender of African-American workers) led a press conference on immigration today where he tried the standard Republican trick of playing the victim. You can watch the entire exchange at C-Span. Miller at one point said Jim Acosta was exhibiting cosmopolitan bias by quoting Emma Lazarus’s poem “Give me your tired your poor…” That should probably be transcribed as (((cosmopolitan))) bias, but same difference. Miller was at the presser because the administration is pushing a bill introduced byTom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) to reduce by 50%, the number of immigrant visas available each year. That’s … Continue reading →
Good morning fellow progressives…looks like a decision will be made in North Dakota court today regarding Dakota Access Pipeline’s right to bull doze Native American burial sites and Lakota Sacred sites in their bid to complete a 4 state oil pipeline. The proposed pipeline will cross Iowa, North and South Dakota and Illinois, eventually connecting up with a pipeline that runs to the Gulf where most of the oil will be exported. Meanwhile Republican ND Governor Jack Dalrymple has called out the National Guard to protect the multi-millionaire owned DAPL oil pipeline. On Thursday, September 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack … Continue reading →
Presente.org The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just split 4-4 on one of the biggest cases for immigrant communities in U.S. history, threatening the safety and unity of millions of families across the country. But our work and our fighting back is not over. Now, more than ever, we need to renew our commitment to justice until all immigrants receive the dignity and fair treatment we deserve. Please sign here. Tell President Obama: Act on the Supreme Court’s decision now! Unless the Obama Administration acts now, more than 4 million immigrants – our neighbors, friends, mothers, and children – will continue to be … Continue reading →