Dem Strategist: Deporting DACA Recipients Would Be 'Modern-Day Trail of Tears'
A Democratic strategist said on Fox Business Network that deporting DACA recipients would be akin to the 19th Century Native American "Trail of Tears."
Robin Biro said on "The Intelligence Report" that Republicans and Democrats must work together to find a meaningful compromise on immigration reform.
He said he is heartened by some Republicans who are willing to offer concessions in the negotiations.
"This would be the modern-day Trail of Tears," Biro said of the idea immigration hardliners are discussing, which would essentially be full enforcement of current immigration law.
The Trail of Tears is the common name for the enforcement of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, wherein Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and other tribes were forced by the Jackson and van Buren administrations to march west and find new lands to call home.
Biro said that if DACA recipients and DREAMers get deported "to places they are completely unfamiliar with," then Americans would hear of "powerful stories of these people who have been contributing to their communities [and] being ripped from their homes."
He lamented the fact immigration is a "hyper-partisan issue" and agreed with Boyd Matheson, a former staffer for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who said that the rule of law is not mutually exclusive from compassion.
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