Democrat Senator Murphy: The ‘People We Care About Most’ Are ‘Undocumented Americans’

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On Wednesday, Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) said that the people Democrats care most about are illegal immigrants. 

Murphy made his admission while discussing the Senate’s controversial border bill during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” 

In response to Hayes asking why the bill did not have a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States, Murphy said, “Well, I mean, Chris, that’s been a failed play for 20 years. So you are right that that has been the Democratic strategy for 30 years, maybe, and it has failed to deliver for the people we care about most, the undocumented Americans that are in this country.” 

“This is also not 2013 any longer,” he continued. “When we ran that play last back then, there were a couple hundred people showing up every day applying for asylum. Today, on some days, there are 8,000. And the reality is, is that the bulk of this country does not think that that’s right or sustainable and wants us to change the reality at the border.” 

“So I know there’s a temptation for Democrats, and I know you weren’t looking for this argument, but I think there is a temptation to just run the same play we always run because we know how to run it,” he added. “But when it hasn’t worked and when the country is actually demanding that we do something to make the border more manageable, I do think we have a right and a responsibility to adjust to that reality. Now, this bill still had in it some really important things for migrant rights, including a right to representation and earlier work permits and the biggest expansion of visas in 30 years. It’s not a pathway to citizenship, but it is something substantial for people that actually care about migrants.” 

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