Lauren Young here, Deputy Campaign Manager for Alexandra Chandler, sharing Alexandra’s statement on the policy proposal from Stephen Miller:
Three things you need to know about why this policy from Stephen Miller is wrong, what it really is about, and what I will do about it.
1. This proposal would harm our national security, in addition to being repugnant to our values. The Department of Homeland Security should focus on identifying and catching terrorists & traffickers, not investigating if legal immigrants ever sought benefits they paid taxes for. With finite resources in government, Donald Trump and Stephen Miller are putting America at risk for political gain.
2. This proposal will make our country weaker and less prosperous. First generation citizens are disproportionately economic drivers of our communities. How many future American entrepreneurs will we lose because we decided that if someone fell on hard times once (like so many do, wherever they are born) that we close the gate of citizenship to them? How many others that would have come here will decide that some other country is now the land of opportunity and liberty?
3. The real reason our country is slowly bankrupting itself is because the ultra wealthy have purchased politicians, Congressional majorities — and Administrations— that gave tax breaks to those that need it least, at the expense of the rest of us. The $1.2 trillion tax cut put our deficit above a trillion— immigrants, a net positive for our economy and society, have nothing to do with it. The Administration wants to set U.S.-born working class and middle class people against immigrants, when it is really all of us in America that need to stand against the destructive force of Big Money politics and the politics of division.
If this proposal is implemented, I will be #ReadyOnDayOne to use Congress’s constitutional powers to overrule it, to defund whatever is left of it, and to take on the politics of division that are behind it.