UPDATED 10:05 AM PT — Thursday, May 16, 2019
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, DACA was left out of the president’s new immigration proposal on purpose.
While speaking to reporters outside the White House Thursday, Sanders said the administration wants lawmakers to read the plan rather than reject it before seeing it. The press secretary also said the Obama-era policy is a failing program and an issue that divides the American people.
“Every single time that we have put forward, or anyone else has put forward, any type of immigration plan and it’s included DACA — it’s failed,” she stated. “That’s a divisive thing, certainly something to discuss and look at and address, but this plan is focused on a different part of fixing the immigration system.”
Sanders went on to say the president’s new immigration plan is intended to be legislation, not just talking points. It will include a merit based criteria for immigrants.
The press secretary also said there’s nothing in the plan that Democrats should be against.