May 16, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Administration’s Radical, Partisan Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to President Trump’s latest immigration plan: 

“The president’s latest immigration plan is no different from the radical anti-immigrant agenda he has pushed over the past several years. Sadly, the White House continues to make no good faith effort at comprehensive immigration reform, and refuses to reach across the aisle or consult with Democrats to craft a compromise bill. Instead, the president unveiled a political document while making false and partisan attacks that showed his true intentions. 

“The president’s plan is dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. This plan doubles down on the president’s wasteful and ineffective border wall, all while failing to include a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers whose lives remain in limbo, or for other long-term immigrants living in this country. On top of that, this plan is void of any attempt to remedy the chaos the president is causing at our southern border.  Let’s be clear: any plan to reform our broken immigration system must protect the Dreamers and other long-term immigrants, focus on smart border security and infrastructure solutions, and address the root causes of migration from Central America. 

“Today, New Mexico’s border communities are dealing with the fallout from the Trump administration’s failed policies.  We need to start treating those seeking asylum at our borders with dignity and respect, provide the necessary humanitarian resources to border communities, and address the root issues in Central America that are causing these migrant families to risk their lives to seek asylum in the United States. I continue to urge the administration to change course and work with Congress to enact smart and effective solutions that reflect our nation’s best values.”