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Thursday, January 24, 2019

CAPAC Leaders Oppose Partisan Trump-McConnell Proposal and Urge Republicans to Reopen the Government Immediately

CAPAC Leaders Oppose Partisan Trump-McConnell Proposal and Urge Republicans to Reopen the Government Immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) issued a joint-statement opposing the anti-immigrant Trump-McConnell proposal that will be considered in the Senate later today. The McConnell amendment would trade temporary protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients in order to provide $5.7 billion for Donald Trump’s border wall. It would also further militarize the border and reduce protections for asylum seekers.

CAPAC Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Immigration Task Force Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and CAPAC First Vice Chair Grace Meng (NY-06) issued the following statement: 

“In December, Donald Trump said he would take full responsibility for shutting down the federal government unless he received billions of dollars to fund his wasteful border wall. 34 days into the Trump shutdown, 800,000 federal workers are either furloughed or working without pay, and will soon miss another paycheck as the President continues to hold these workers hostage to advance his anti-immigrant agenda. Governing by temper tantrum is not an acceptable tactic. Otherwise, the President could use the threat of a shutdown anytime he does not get what he wants. This is not how a functioning democracy works.

“If Donald Trump wants to negotiate on border security, he must end the shutdown first. His latest proposal, which the Senate is set to vote on today, is a complete non-starter. The provisions in this partisan, anti-immigrant proposal reflect the xenophobia of the Trump White House, which cruelly ended the DACA program and terminated TPS protections. Even worse, the proposal restricts DACA eligibility significantly, guts protections for asylum seekers, and fails to include protections for several TPS countries, including Nepal.

“We will not trade temporary protections for Dreamers and TPS recipients for a permanent wall. We urge our Senate colleagues to reject this harmful proposal and remain steadfast in their opposition to Trump’s border wall. The shutdown has gone on for too long, and it is irresponsible to negotiate while innocent federal employees continue to suffer. The House has already passed ten bills to reopen the government, and it is long past time for Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell to put partisanship aside and prioritize reopening the government immediately.

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