The CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Conference has resigned from President Trump’s National Diversity Coalition following his decision on Tuesday to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying the president “knowingly deceived the American people over the past seven months about his intentions to protect the innocent young men and women of the DACA program.”
In a blistering rebuke of Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, which protects about 800,000 young people, often referred to as “Dreamers,” from deportation, Javier Palomarez called the decision “inhumane and economically harmful.”
“This disgraceful action goes against not only the values of this country, but also against the promise of this administration to focus homeland security resources toward individuals who have committed violent crimes and pose a threat to communities across the country,” Palomarez said.
“Let’s lay the truth bare: President Trump has knowingly deceived the American people over the past seven months about his intentions to protect the innocent young men and women of the DACA program.”
Palomarez pointed to Trump’s past remarks, in which he told Dreamers to “rest easy” because the U.S. is “not after the Dreamers, we are after criminals.” Trump also said “we love the Dreamers” and that he was eager to treat them with “heart.”
“The president misled our country by fabricating a position and making a promise, only to turn around and do the complete opposite,” Palomarez said. “The administration’s pro-growth agenda has sadly fallen to irrelevancy with the president’s lack of leadership, constant distractions and inability to unite the country.”
“I will never cease advocating for pro-growth policies to benefit the 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the country with our congress and administration, but have decided to officially resign from the President’s National Diversity Coalition effective immediately,” he continued. “It is now up to Congress to unite and pass meaningful legislation that will protect Dreamers.”