CNN’s Brianna Keilar Shreds GOP Rep. Over Trump DACA Offer: ‘I Have So Much to Call You On’


During a contentious interview, CNN anchor Brianna Keilar called out Republican Congressman Tom Reed of New York for claiming that Donald Trump‘s latest offer to end the Trump shutdown offers “peace of mind” to DACA recipients.

On Wednesday afternoon’s edition of CNN Right Now With Brianna Keilar, Rep. Reed claimed that Trump’s offer to temporarily undo his recission of protections for DACA-eligible immigrants represents “movement” on Trump’s part.

Keilar disputed Reed, pointing out that it was Trump who changed his mind about keeping the government open after both houses of Congress passed bills in December to do just that. “There has been movement, but it’s been all over the map,” Keilar said.

Reed then described Trump’s Saturday address as “compassionate” and “reasonable,” to which Keilar responded “You think he’s compassionate? He doesn’t even talk about the people who are getting screwed by this whole thing.”

Reed said that he sees compassion in Trump because “He’s open to giving [DACA recipients] some peace of mind.”

“I have so much to call you on there,” Keilar interrupted, “because the DACA consideration in the Senate, actually, it doesn’t provide protection, it guts DACA in, like, ten different ways.”

“That’s not true, what we’re doing is giving them 3 years protection,” Reed said, but Keilar cut him off.

“No, no, no. Congressman — congressman, no,” Keilar said. “It makes them re-apply. It makes the very expensive application be a $495 almost $1,000. It forces the level of what they have to prove to go higher. I mean, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of some of the things in there.”

The libertarian CATO Institute published a list of eleven ways in which the Trump proposal weakens protections for DACA recipients, including the examples cited by Keilar. She also cited CATO in pushing back against Trump’s claims about immigrants and crime.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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