Claiming President Donald J. Trump is “anti-anything that would bring the country together,” a former Republican strategist warned of a “reckoning” that will come if the president does indeed end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as rumors indicate he will.
The DACA program provides temporary amnesty to the children of illegal aliens by granting them work permits and legal identifications without the fear of deportation. Sally Bradshaw, who was once a top adviser to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), was one of five co-authors of a report, dubbed the “autopsy,” that concluded if the GOP doesn’t cater to Hispanic voters, they’ll alienate them.
“If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence,” the autopsy read. “It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.”
The autopsy was the result of the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity task force. The task force was formed after the GOP’s loss in the 2012 presidential election, leading to the second term for former President Barack Hussein Obama.
The task force issued a list of recommendations to the Republican National Committee, resulting in the report known as the “autopsy.” It said the GOP should begin courting Hispanic voters.
Sally Bradshaw was the only author of the “autopsy” that responded to a request by BuzzFeed regarding the president’s looming decision on DACA. The news outlet asked the following questions:
- What concerns, if any, you have for the future of the party should the president end DACA?
- Do you believe doing so would run counter to your recommendations?
- Do you have any other concerns about the president’s leadership with regard to recommendations from the Growth and Opportunity Project?
Reportedly, Bradshaw told them: “Donald Trump is anti-woman, anti-Hispanic, anti-black. The only thing he is for is for himself.”
According to BuzzFeed, Bradshaw added: “Those in Republican leadership who have enabled his behavior by standing silent or making excuses for him deserve the reckoning that will eventually come for the GOP.” She was reportedly referring to a reckoning that would result from the ending of the DACA program.
“It makes me terrifically sad, to be honest — sad for the party of ideas that I supported for over 30 years — even more sad for the country and the fact that we can no longer have a credible and important debate about issues that will lead to problem solving,” Bradshaw continued. “I am a conservative. But I can’t and won’t be a Republican as long as Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party.”
Bradshaw left the Republican Party in 2016, after publicly accusing GOP leaders of abandoning the recommendations from the autopsy report by supporting then-candidate Donald Trump. Trump famously ran on a platform contrary to immigration, which included pledges to end DACA and complete a border wall between the US and Mexico.
According to The Hill, nearly 800,000 people who were brought to the country illegally as minor children have benefited from the Obama-era DACA program.
Rumors that President Trump will announce an end to DACA, with a six-month delay to provide Congress with a window to act on a permanent solution, emerged from a “White House official” through Politico on Sunday.
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