Trump just launched a disgusting, unprovoked attack on Dreamers at State of the Union

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Just as Congress is in the midst of marathon negotiations of the fate of the 800,000 young people who were brought to this country illegally as children, Trump took an unprovoked shot at the Dreamers during his State of the Union Speech.

Trump’s messaging was crystal clear in its cynicism when he said, “Americans are Dreamers, too.”

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His intent, likely carefully worded when the speech was drafted by Stephen Miller, seemed to be to cast the actual Dreamers in the opposite light. The phrase implies that in calling those 800,000 young people Dreamers, they’re taking claim to the American Dream away from Americans.

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But this is not a zero sum game. The Dreamers are Americans. And Americans can dream. There is no mutually exclusive claim to the idea of the American Dream.

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Congress has been arguing fiercely over DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was established by the Obama Administration in 2012. Trump rescinded the act in 2017. If Congress can’t come to an agreement on a clean version of DACA, the Trump Administration has signaled it is willing to begin deporting Dreamers on March 5.

The disagreement over DACA triggered a government shutdown over the weekend of January 20, exactly a year to the day since Trump took office as President. Democrats ultimately agreed to vote to fund the government with a continuing resolution, on the condition Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell keeps his word to hold a vote on DACA.

Twitter called Trump out immediately after Trump uttered the controversial slogan.

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