Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Senate panel approves bill compelling researchers to ‘hack’ DHS Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on Congress to pass a “clean” bill on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as Democrats slam the Trump administration’s recently announced immigration principals.
“This is about a fight for the future of this country, believing in the values upon which this country was founded,” Harris said at the University of California-Irvine, according to The Orange County Register. “The path right now is rocky. It is difficult. It is hard.”
“We are witnessing things that we can only describe as awful and wrong, and mean-spirited. But that’s OK … Because we know this is about doing the right thing. We know this is about all the young people, who were brought here, some before they could walk or talk,” she said.
Harris’ comments come after the Trump administration announced a list of hard-line security measures aimed at closing off the nation’s borders and cracking down on undocumented immigrants.
The list of principals included construction for President Trump’s proposed border wall and whether Republicans and Democrats can bridge their differences and reach a compromise on protecting so-called Dreamers.
Trump announced last month he would move to end DACA with a six-month delay to allow Congress a window to broker a legislative solution.
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children’s health insurance | Puerto Rico’s water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents’ right to sue Crying on TV doesn’t qualify Kimmel to set nation’s gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Trump last month at the White House, where the three forged a tentative deal to couple legal protections for young, undocumented immigrants with tougher security measures — excluding Trump’s promised border wall.
But Democrats blasted the administration’s immigration principles released this week, with Pelosi calling them garbage.
“They are not principles, they are trash,” she said.
“Each one of them is horrible, but the cumulative effect of them would destroy a fundamental part of the American character: a free nation proud of an immigrant heritage.”