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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Reacts to Democratic Leaders Pelosi and Schumer’s Decision to Boycott Meeting with Trump

“We must never allow Dreamers to be used as political bargaining chips. The American people are waiting for our leaders to show the political courage and moral integrity to do the right thing.”

 —Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement in response to Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi’s decision to boycott a White House meeting that among other topics, was intended to address finding a solution for Dreamers:

“Over the years, I have enjoyed a great working relationship with my friends, Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi. I commend them both on their tireless advocacy on behalf of Dreamers in particular, and in no way question their sincere desire to permanently secure the futures of these precious children who are innocent of any wrongdoing.

“Nevertheless, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi’s decision to boycott a meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office is discouraging and threatens to derail an already dysfunctional legislative process that should be bipartisan in nature. A permanent solution must be achieved, not because it is politically expedient, but because it is the just and righteous thing to do. We must never allow Dreamers to be used as political bargaining chips. The American people are waiting for our leaders to show the political courage and moral integrity to do the right thing. As such we implore the leadership of both parties to get back to work and deliver a permanent solution for America’s children.” 

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