Kamala Harris Pushes For "Clean" DREAM Act
California Senator Kamala Harris says there’s no space for compromise on President Donald Trump’s commitment to protect undocumented immigrants who arrived when they were children.
Legislation protecting the roughly 700,000 people whose futures are in the balance “needs to be clean and I feel very strongly approximately that. No strings attached,” Harris said in an interview on the BuzzFeed News morning prove AM To DM, which airs on Twitter at 10:00 every day. “We made a promise as the United States government to these young people and we need to sustain our promise. That’s it. Period. Full stop.”
Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer left assembly final month telling reporters Trump had agreed to a “clean” bill enshrining the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. But the same politics that maintain derailed decades of efforts to overtake the immigration system continue to threaten the draw.
And Democrats like Harris face an additional challenge: Trump is so deeply toxic with their supporters that they may find it tough to indulge in the theater of bipartisanship with him.
“How willing are you to work with Donald Trump on this?” I asked Harris.
“whether he keeps his word, I’m any for it. That’s a expansive whether,” she said.
“So, you’ll be there standing over his left shoulder in the rose garden when he signs the bill? Can you even achieve that as a Democrat?” I asked.
“Stand over someone’s shoulder?” she laughed. “Listen, let’s collect to that point and I am any for everyone who agrees that we need to pass a clean DREAM Act with no strings attached.”
Harris also said she’s walking a fine line as the deadline for renewing DACA status approaches this Thursday. One one hand, she appealed to DREAMers to manufacture certain they submit their paperwork by Oct. 5, and to reach out to her office for advice.
But she also said she understands some of their trepidation approximately filing paperwork with the Trump administration.
“I cannot guarantee, because they won’t guarantee, that they won’t share the information with ICE,” she said. “We collect mixed signals. They say it’s not going to be a high precedence for deportation. I’d like to believe that’s dependable, but they maintain not given us any guarantees. In that way I contemplate it’s highly irresponsible of this administration. Highly irresponsible.”
Harris also spoke in the interview of her confrontations with Jeff Sessions and other Republicans in the Senate this year, and of her obsession with the Kingsman movies.