Gutiérrez: Trump and Republicans want to end legal immigration to the U.S.

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In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D.-Ill., declared that President Donald Trump and the Republicans “want to end legal immigration to the United States.”

“They want to end legal immigration to the United States. They say, ‘Let’s build a wall to keep us safe.’ They say, ‘Let’s build a wall so that our workers don’t have to compete with illegals that come across the —’ but then they end legal immigration. They say, ‘The lottery system, let’s end it.’ That’s legal immigration to the United States,” Gutiérrez told host George Stephanopoulos.

Gutiérrez also contended that the Democrats should agree to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in order to protect approximately 800,000 illegal aliens who are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. If such a deal was proposed, “I say pay it,” Gutiérrez insisted, referring to funding for the border wall.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R.-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, took issue with Gutiérrez, citing the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

“We’re in the middle of a shutdown, but what we’re talking about is immigration. Is this an amnesty shutdown?” Meadows asked.

Meadows said that lawmakers could agree on a DACA fix, but the government must be funded first.

“There’s a deal that can be made, but we have to open the government first,” Meadows said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We need to go back to the negotiations. We can do that if the Democrats, the Senate Democrats, here in the next 24 hours, will vote to open the government back up, the negotiations will start again.”

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