CBC Chair Pens Letter to Trump Responding to Immigration Proposal
As the immigration debate kicks off in the Senate, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus is weighing in with Donald Trump directly. Responding to the president’s immigration proposal, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) sent a letter to POTUS45 calling the outline “unreasonable” and “un-American” because it unnecessarily pits Black and brown immigrants against each other. “On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus, I write today to express our complete disgust with your unreasonable immigration proposal, particularly your insistence upon the elimination of the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program. Your framework explicitly pits Dreamers, young Americans who know no other country, against the legal immigration system, one which provides an opportunity for immigrants of color to fight for a chance at the American Dream. Sadly, your strategy was predictable in light of your long, troubled history with race in this country,” the letter reads. “To be clear, the crisis we face is one of your own making. Dreamers enjoyed legal status under the Obama-era policy of DACA, which you unilaterally ended last fall. Now, despite your commitment to sign the Dream Act into law if accompanied by border security measures, you continue to thwart bipartisan efforts to find a solution for Dreamers by attacking the legal immigration system. To suggest that we are any less committed to a permanent solution for Dreamers because we refuse to acquiesce to your racially discriminatory policies is preposterous.” See the full letter here.