Nebraska Democrats believe President Trump’s DACA decision could provide an opportunity at the polls in 2018. Republicans aren’t so sure.
Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb insists the president’s stance isn’t shared on the local level.
“So, I think the view of immigration when you start to get down at the local level, is very different than the rhetoric that you heard (Attorney General) Jeff Session use or the rhetoric that you heard Trump use on the campaign trail,” Kleeb says.
Kleeb points out Nebraska agriculture relies on immigrant labor. She argues those who benefited from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals have become a part of many Nebraska communities. She acknowledges they came into the country illegally, but asks why the country isn’t creating a path to citizenship for them.
Nebraska Republican Party national committeeman J-L Spray doesn’t dispute many of those points. He understands the importance of immigrant labor for Nebraska agriculture.
Spray doesn’t want to name the community, but says there is a Nebraska city in the middle of the state with a population of about 8,000 which has a school district with about 52% Hispanic students.
“That community has already figured out how to handle this,” Spray says. “That community has already integrated those folks into their business, integrated those folks into their schools, welcomed them as neighbors; that’s already happened.”
Spray doesn’t see it as an issue here.
“We’ve sort of been through it already and really the question is more of a legal question than a getting-along question.”
Spray says President Trump simply repealed a program illegally implemented by President Obama. He says there is a host of issues to work out and says Congress is the appropriate place to do that.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]