“The President’s budget belies his rhetoric on immigration, and it calls into question whether he is sincere about protecting immigrants and advancing immigration reform in the Congress. Every proposed dollar for disasterous programs like Se Communities or 287(g) is a dollar misspent on a destructive, inhumane, and wasteful deportation machine.
The administration cannot hide its own record behind Republican’s extremism when it continues to propose funding for extremely cruel enforcement. The President must stop ratifying the premises of the nativists, and he must resolve the hypocrisy reflected in his budget. His “enforcement first” deportation gambit has failed miserably. It has failed immigrants, and it has failed in Congress. It’s time for a new course. If he truly supports the path to citizenship passed in the Senate, his proposed budget should reflect that. He can’t be an immigration reformer and the deporter-in-chief at the same time. ”