President Donald Trump needs to stop playing games and open the government. Hundreds of thousands of families are going without paychecks, millions more are without vital services, and the entire country is exhausted. DACA and TPS recipients are critically important and are also victims of the president’s cruelty, but no legitimate negotiation can happen while President Trump is literally starving American workers to get his way.
Let us also be clear that this is not a compromise. President Trump created a crisis by moving to strip protections from 1 million longtime residents with DACA and TPS, and then created another crisis by proudly dragging the country into a shutdown and withholding pay from 800,000
federal workers and countless more federal contractors. From this untenable position of weakness, President Trump now wants to capitalize
on these self-made crises to get $5.7 billion for his unpopular and ineffective vanity project of a wall, trash our asylum laws, and remove protections for children fleeing violence and abuse.