Just one year on the job and Donald Trump may face a government shutdown and Democrats have enough votes to block the spending bill. Democrats are standing their ground with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at risk and members of Trump’s own evangelical advisory council are siding with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Trump’s evangelical board members heaped praise on Pelosi for her leadership in trying to remedy the situation with immigrants who came to this country as children and consider this country to be home.
“You have always taken the lead. Your commitment to the immigrant community to the dreams is second to none. So America is in a better place because of your prophetic leadership on this matter,” the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who spoke at Trump’s inauguration last year, told Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday, according to The Hill.
Rodriguez went on to praise bipartisan efforts from Trump and members of Congress on DACA but added that it was time to put politics aside on the matter.
“We can’t continue to play politics with 800,000 human beings created in the image of God. It is morally reprehensible,” Rodriguez said.
But then, Rodriguez said that the wall should be built in order to help DACA recipients.
“If we have to build a wall in order to secure and save 800,000 lives, let’s make that happen as expeditiously as possible. Let’s cross the proverbial [River] Jordan of saving our DACA young men and women. Let’s do it now,” he continued.
Trump received a lot of evangelical support during his campaign. Given Trump’s past, one would think that ‘Christians’ would not support a man who was heard in the Access Hollywood tape admitting to sexual assault, but somehow, he garnered 81 percent of the evangelical vote.
Since DACA is an Obama-era program, Trump wants to end it even though it would affect 800,000 people, their family members, and friends.
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