On Tuesday, for Trump’s State of the Union address, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have revealed they will fill the balcony with Dreamers and other immigrants.
This is an attempt by the Democrats to reach an immigration reform deal on Thursday.
In addition to the balcony full of Dreamers, there will be a handful of Democrats, including Pelosi, who plan on bringing Dreamers and other immigrants as their guest for the event.
It is reported that Trump expects to use his State of the Union speech to pitch the new immigration plan.
Even though the White House released a framework for legislation that will include a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, Democrats aren’t buying it.
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Dreamers are children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.
In 2012, former President Obama established the DACA program that allowed people to receive two-year work permits in the U.S. and not have to worry about being deported.
According to senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, the plan is a major concession for the White House.
However, in a statement by Pelosi, she described the immigration plan as “an act of staggering cowardice which attempts to hold the Dreamers hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme.”
There will also be at least ten lawmakers who plan on bringing sexual assault victims or women activists as their guest.
Some Democrats have already announced they will not attend, such as Rep John Lewis who revealed he will not be there due to Trump’s controversial shithole comment.
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