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.
DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018
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.
.@realDonaldTrump ‘NO MORE DACA DEAL’?!! You were never doing a DACA deal. Your actions gave you away: cancelling DACA with no plan, making racist comments about Black/Brown immigrants, ejecting several by bipartisan deals. You didn’t fool anybody. https://t.co/65zya1vAvS
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) April 1, 2018
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.
Democrats worked in good faith for months to come to an agreement to protect Dreamers. We agreed to support flawed bills that included provisions we oppose, like funding for the border wall, to get it done, but the president still said ‘no.’ He walked away—not Democrats.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) April 2, 2018
Representative Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania said that turning DREAMers away “runs counter to who we are as a country.”
#DREAMers are our students, military service members, teachers, scientists, doctors, and lawyers—they are integral members of our community. Turning them away runs counter to who we are as a country.
Your actions are simply unacceptable, @POTUS!
— Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) April 1, 2018
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.