REMINDER: Pence and Trump Stood Together as They Gutted the U.S. Immigration System
June 8, 2023
As vice president, Mike Pence stood alongside Donald Trump as their administration took every opportunity to sabotage and undermine the U.S. immigration system — ignoring precedent and prioritizing cruel and inhumane policies that left countless families suffering.
Since leaving office, Mike Pence has called for a return to the destructive Trump-Pence era policies that broke our immigration system.
Axios: “Former Vice President Mike Pence called for a return to Trump-era immigration and border security policies during a speech in Phoenix Monday.”
“‘We know it works because it worked. I was there, standing shoulder to shoulder with President Trump,’ Pence said.”
The Trump-Pence administration diverted funding from the military for a political ploy at the border.
Associated Press: “President Donald Trump on Friday ended one bruising political fight and starting another explosive one, declaring a national emergency he said would allow him to divert federal funds to pay for a border wall Congress has refused to approve.”
Washington Post: “Trump took $2.5 billion from military counterdrug programs for border barrier construction in 2019, but this year his administration is planning to take significantly more — $3.5 billion. Trump administration officials also are planning to take $3.7 billion in military construction funding, slightly more than the $3.6 billion diverted in 2019.”
And Pence stood shoulder to shoulder with Trump as he illegally terminated the DACA program, putting THOUSANDS of immigrants at risk who had lived in the U.S. for most of their lives.
NPR: “The Trump administration Tuesday formally announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA — putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as ‘DREAMers,’ who entered the country illegally as children. President Trump issued a statement, saying, ‘I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.’”
The World: “The plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case argue that the Trump administration did not follow the correct process before ending DACA. The government contends it did, and that it did not need to seek public comments or publish notice before ending the program. The future for DACA may be unclear no matter which way the justices rule.”