House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi drew sharp criticism from Senator Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, who said her accusing President Donald Trump of racism was not helpful to the immigration debate.
“We don’t need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy, [Speaker of the House] Paul Ryan or anybody else,” Manchin said on CNN’s State of the Union show on Sunday.
Manchin (D-West Virginia) is a moderate Democrat and a leader of a bipartisan Senate group working on immigration. In a separate interview on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, he said he thought the White House plan was “a good starting point.”
The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant framework is an act of staggering cowardice which attempts to hold the #DREAMers hostage to an unmistakable campaign to make America white again. https://t.co/bhrbQd6YX2
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) 26 January 2018
Trump is insisting on $25 billion in funding for a border wall with Mexico and tougher immigration enforcement. His proposals call for a crackdown on chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program.
In a speech at the United States Conference of Mayors 2018 winter meeting on Friday, Pelosi said the 50 percent cut to legal immigration and the “recent announcements to end Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans and Haitians are both part of the same cruel agenda. They are part of the Trump administration’s unmistakable campaign to make America white again.”
President Donald Trump’s latest immigration plan offers a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million people who were brought into the US illegally as minors. Last September, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established by former President Barack Obama in 2012, which gave temporary protection from deportation to people who qualified.
I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 28 January 2018
Many Twitter users joined Manchin in criticizing Pelosi’s remarks.
When was America ever white? The real problem is how #GOP budget cuts have crippled efforts for legal immigration. The system is broken because conservatives have crippled the government. #wrongmessage
— Delaware Cyberdiva (@decyberdiva) 27 January 2018
— Richard J Norris PhD (@norris_phd) 28 January 2018
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