In recent months, young undocumented immigrants have received a series of ambiguous, contradictory messages from President Donald Trump. He said to rest easy, plan to leave the country because the program that gave them temporary relief from deportation was ending – and then urged, once again, to rest easy, because the program could be back on.
The conversation has a particular resonance in border communities like San Diego. An estimated 40,000 young people here either have DACA protections or would qualify. Those numbers come from Alliance San Diego, which advocates for greater protections for undocumented immigrants and less militarization of the border.
Itzel Guillen, a program manager with Alliance San Diego, is one of those “Dreamers” brought to the United States without papers as a child. She said nearly half of all DACA recipients reside in border region, where they already face increased scrutiny from federal agents patrolling the border.
She equated efforts to couple DACA protections with increased border security measures with “a sinister form of blackmail.”
“As a border Dreamer, I cannot accept any bill that trades our safety for that of our parents,” Guillen said.
Alliance San Diego and other immigrant rights advocates are pushing for a clean DREAM Act bill – one that provides a pathway to citizenship and isn’t tied to increased border security. During a Friday morning press call, advocates promised to fight any attempts to combine the two efforts.
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At some point in the recent past, I thought the U.S. should take a good look at the Dreamers. Since then I saw how rude their group acted towards Nancy Pelosi. I heard their "demands". They now demand that not only they are allowed to stay, but also their extended families. Parents, uncles aunts and every other relative that can get here. It also seemed that they were demanding open borders and that all 11 million illegals receive amnesty.
Where the heck do these foreigners think they have a right of any kind? No other country in the world would put up with this BS. America has enough problems without listening to demands from a group of spoiled illegals. I'm betting that most of what they have, including their education, came from our tax dollars.
They have always had a path to citizenship. It is a tough road for sure. Those who choose the easy route are called Dreamers. Those who have taken the hard road are called citizens.
I am no longer inclined to help these folks. I have a dream too. That I don't have to listen to demands from people who come from families that committed a crime to get here and make demands. May you all be deported.
I think your native country could use some help in Mexico City since they had that horrible quake today.