Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar on Tuesday said that President Trump’s controversial decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Child Arrivals or DACA will trigger even more division within the Republican Party.
Speaking on CNN, Cueller said that “It’s going to cause, in my opinion, a civil war within the Republican Party.” The lawmaker pointed out that immigration is an issue that is another source of division within various factions of the GOP. “Anti-immigrant folks are very strong, without mentioning names I think you’ve seen some of them, and then on the other side you got some Republicans that want to do the right thing, and then you’re going to have the ones in the middle that are going to be pulled by the third parties that will go after them.”
Responding to CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota regarding whether he believed that Congress would ultimately pass some sort of legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants who have been protected by DACA, Cuellar did not appear particularly optimistic, only pledging his utmost effort to support Dreamers.
“I am hoping we can do everything we can. I’m going to do everything, I’m going to support, like I’ve always done, the 800,000 [Dreamers],” he said. “When you think about it, there are 800,000 people who got here not because of them but because of the actions of their parents.”
Watch the interview via CNN below:
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