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ICYMI: Juan Escalante, “Republicans Want To Cage Immigrants Indefinitely And Call It A Compromise”

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The GOP is Determined to Keep Hurting Dreamers and Immigrant Families

In his latest op-ed for HuffPost, Juan Escalante breaks down the GOP’s scramble to enact legislative solutions for immigrant families and Dreamers. In reality, it seems that Republicans only seem to care about waging a war on immigrants. You can read Escalante’s piece here.

Escalante’s op-ed is excerpted below:

Make no mistake: Donald Trump’s executive order has not and will not free immigrant children from their cages. Instead, he’s asking Republicans in Congress to produce legislation that will keep immigrant children locked up with their parents ― indefinitely.

The president’s Wednesday order to backtrack on his administration’s policy of family separation now sets the stage for two immigration bills that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is scheduled to bring up for a vote in the House on Thursday.


The first, hard-line bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) ― a part-time Congressman and full-time xenophobe ― who has filed a proposal known as the Securing America’s Future Act, which mirrors the Trump administration’s immigration wish list that was lambasted and defeated in the U.S. Senate earlier this year in a 39-60 vote.

If you’re familiar with Trump’s four pillars on immigration ― an end to the diversity visa program, restricting legal immigration to the United States, a non-solution for Dreamers, and funding for a border wall ― then you have seen this bill before.

The second, so-called “compromise” bill is the Security and Immigration Reform Act, a bill so similar to Goodlatte’s proposal that it’s hard to tell them apart. Ryan and his band of moderates would like you to believe that this bill would stop family separation at the border and give Dreamers the relief they so desperately need.

Guess what? It does neither of those things.