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Rep. Gutierrez Rips Trump's Immigration Proposals

Rep. Gutierrez Rips Trump's Immigration Proposals
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (AP)

By    |   Monday, 09 October 2017 09:07 AM

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., slammed President Donald Trump's immigration proposals, calling them "an extension of the white supremacist agenda."

His comments came in a story posted by The Washington Post on Sunday night.

Trump has released hardline proposals including funding construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, cracking down on the influx of Central American minors and curbing federal grants to "sanctuary cities," according to the Post.

The proposals are in response to negotiations with Congressional Democratic leaders and Trump. Democrats have been pushing to provide legal status for those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"I warned Democrats not to negotiate, to say that what we wanted was a clean Dream Act," Gutierrez said. "It's a slippery slope — I never understood why everybody wanted to sit down and negotiate. I've been there 20 years and this is the same negotiation we've had for the last 20 years. They're throwing everything and the kitchen sink in terms of enforcement. I just never understood it."

He added Trump "has never wavered from his xenophobic positions. I never understood — I just never got it, how you go from Charlottesville and white supremacists to reaching an agreement with him.

"It's an extension of the white supremacist agenda — what they want to do is criminalize and delegitimize Latinos."

And Politico noted the president's proposals were concerning to Democrats, as well as some Republicans. Lawmakers from both sides have supported providing a pathway for legal status for DACA recipients, the website noted.

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., slammed President Donald Trump's immigration proposals, calling them "an extension of the white supremacist agenda."
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