Harris calls for Congress to pass ‘clean’ DACA bill

Harris calls for Congress to pass ‘clean’ DACA bill
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on Congress to pass a "clean" bill on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as Democrats slam the Trump administration's recently announced immigration principals. 

“This is about a fight for the future of this country, believing in the values upon which this country was founded,” Harris said at the University of California-Irvine, according to The Orange County Register. “The path right now is rocky. It is difficult. It is hard."

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“We are witnessing things that we can only describe as awful and wrong, and mean-spirited. But that’s OK … Because we know this is about doing the right thing. We know this is about all the young people, who were brought here, some before they could walk or talk," she said.

Harris's comments come after the Trump administration announced a list of hard-line security measures aimed at closing off the nation’s borders and cracking down on undocumented immigrants.

The list of principals included construction for President Trump's proposed border wall and whether Republicans and Democrats can bridge their differences and reach a compromise on protecting so-called Dreamers.

Trump announced last month he would move to end DACA with a six-month delay to allow Congress a window to broker a legislative solution.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Trump last month at the White House, where the three forged a tentative deal to couple legal protections for young, undocumented immigrants with tougher security measures — excluding Trump’s promised border wall.

But Democrats blasted the administration's immigration principles released this week, with Pelosi calling them garbage. 

“They are not principles, they are trash,” she said.

“Each one of them is horrible, but the cumulative effect of them would destroy a fundamental part of the American character: a free nation proud of an immigrant heritage," Pelosi added.