Politics & Policy

Democrats Dispute Trump’s Charge that They ‘Didn’t Care’ about DREAMers

Activists and DACA recipients protest in Manhattan, February 15, 2018. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Democrats have been far from quiet since President Trump tweeted their party has let down the so-called DREAMers.

“DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon,” the president tweeted on Monday.

The president excoriated congressional Democrats for opposing funding for the border wall he says is badly needed. Border-patrol agents are hampered in doing their job, Trump said, due to “ridiculous liberal (Democrat)” laws such as “catch and release.”

Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, accused the president of cancelling the DACA program without a plan for the DREAMers, killing bipartisan deals, and making racist remarks.

California senator Dianne Feinstein agreed, saying Democrats worked “in good faith” and supported “flawed” bills with the endgame of finding a legislative fix for DACA.

Representative Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania said that turning DREAMers away “runs counter to who we are as a country.”

Trump announced the end of the DACA program last September and gave Congress six months to write the program into law. Several federal courts have blocked his attempts to let the program expire since then.

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