An interview with Javier Luengo-Garrido, Coordinator at ACLU-Massachusetts’ Immigrant Protection Project
10 January 2018
Last week, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer made clear in advance of talks with Trump on extending protections for 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that he supported further measures to militarize the US-Mexican border. Senator Bernie Sanders reiterated his support for stepped-up attacks on undocumented workers in an appearance Sunday on the ABC program “This Week.” Sanders declared he supported “more security, but not a wall.”
The WSWS spoke with Javier Luengo-Garrido, a coordinator at the ACLU’s Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton, Massachusetts, about the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to deport over 200,00 Salvadorans over the next 18 months.
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WSWS: What do you make of Sanders’ statement: “I don’t think there’s anybody who disagrees that we need strong border security. If the president wants to work with us to make sure we have strong border security, let’s do that.”
Javier Luengo-Garrido: I think he’s talking about defining how much money is allocated for border security. He is not saying let’s build a wall. I do not personally agree with that. It means sending more ICE officers to the border to do more enforcement.
WSWS: How do you perceive the role of the Democratic Party in setting immigration policy?
JLG: The problem is that being the minority party, they haven’t been able to get anything done. They were not willing to do anything about DACA or TPS. Neither party got anything positive done when they could have.
WSWS: What about the role of the Democrats under Obama? For example, thousands of children and…