Schumer: Trump’s ‘Decision to End DACA Was Heartless and It Was Brainless’

Wednesday at a press conference, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declared President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy “heartless and it was brainless.”

Schumer said, “I want to cut to the chase. president’s decision. The president’s decision to end DACA was heartless, and it was brainless. If this order stands, hundreds, hundreds of thousands of families will be ripped apart. Tens of thousands of American businesses will lose hard-working employees. We’re talking about folks who were brought here as children through no fault of their own. They may have known no other country but ours. And have voluntarily registered themselves with the government in order to live, work and give back to our country. They represent no threat to the country. In fact, so many ways the dreamers represent the best of our country.”

He continued, “They want to get right by the law by serving in the military, going to our schools, working at our companies, contributing to our society and paying their taxes. They risk and sometimes give their lives to protect others in this country. Overseas as members of the armed forces and here at home. Like Alonso Guillen, a DACA recipient who died last week trying to save others from the unprecedented flood waters in Texas.”

He added, “Today are calling on Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell to immediately put the Dream Act on the floor for a vote in the House and Senate. We’re ready to pass it. I’m confident that if put on the floor, it will garner overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle. But let us say this, and I think I speak for the leader, as well. If a clean Dream act does not come to the floor in September, we are prepared to attach it to other items this fall until it passes.”

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