Gillibrand: My former immigration stance was wrong, not "empathetic"

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that her previous hardline immigration views earlier in her political career "certainly weren't empathetic and were not kind," as the comments come under increased scrutiny since she announced that she’s entering the 2020 presidential race.

"What President Trump is doing is destroying the moral fabric of what this country stands for. … I am nothing like him and never will be."
— Gillibrand to CNN

Background: As a member of the U.S. House representing an upstate New York district before joining the Senate in 2008, Gillibrand opposed "amnesty for illegal immigrants," voted to increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and supported calls for English to be the country’s official language.

Trump proposes DACA extension in exchange for border wall funding

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In a speech Saturday afternoon, President Trump confirmed that in order to end the government shutdown, he is proposing a 3-year extension of protections for DACA recipients and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for $5.7 billion in border funding, as first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan.

The big picture: As indicated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 30 minutes before Trump's address, this proposal is likely dead on arrival. Pelosi said in a statement: "[Trump's] his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people's lives."

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