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Casar remains unconvinced by Trump

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Political observers are having a hard time explaining President Donald Trump’s recent overtures to Congressional Democrats, first on a short-term increase in the debt limit and most recently on immigration. Trump’s announcement that he wants to make a deal with Democrats to allow more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to stay in exchange for unspecified border security measures came only weeks after the president ended the Obama-era executive order that shielded the immigrants from deportation. Council Member Greg Casar, one of the city’s most outspoken advocates for undocumented immigrants, isn’t buying the change of face, however. He said the following in a statement to the Austin Monitor: “Trump and other anti-immigrant leaders are morally bankrupt for holding hostage the fates of hundreds of thousands of young Americans. I’ll be working closely alongside my constituents and Austin DREAMers to evaluate whatever compromise plan comes out of Washington. We may have to make very difficult decisions about whether to ultimately support or oppose what is presented in Congress, if a plan makes it that far. I am working on a resolution, alongside community groups, to add support for DREAMers to our federal legislative agenda, along with opposition to the border wall and continued militarization of the border.”

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