STATEMENT: With Failure to Protect Dreamers, Doubts That The GOP is Trump’s Party Died Today, Says CAPAF’s Tom Jawetz

Washington, D.C. — In response to reports that the Queen of The Hill rule does not have the necessary 218 votes to be discharged, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, issued the following statement:
 
Once again, we see that the GOP is the party of Trump. After more than a year of inaction by congressional Republicans, today was the day that we were told the so-called moderates in their party would stand up in defiance of their leadership to demand a vote to protect Dreamers. Instead, they continue to sit on the sidelines, saying and doing nothing, all while holding out hope that the hardliners in the party who wanted to end DACA in the first place might come around to a deal. They do nothing as the administration works to take DACA away from hundreds of thousands of young people in order to force them out of the only country they know. They do nothing as the administration rescinds Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from more than 300,000 people, most of whom have lived and worked lawfully in this country for nearly two decades. And they do nothing as the administration cruelly separates thousands of children from their parents at the border. It’s time to hold them accountable. 
For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Rafael J. Medina at rjmedina.af@americanprogressaction.org or 202.748.5313.