DACA recipient: We’re tired of getting thrown under the bus
Jan. 29, 2018
President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal was released this week, which included details about a pathway to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the status of the border wall at the U.S. – Mexico border.
The 10-12 year path to citizenship process will be available to DACA program and other “DACA-eligible illegal immigrants,” according to the memo sent to the congressional Republicans. In exchange for granting citizenship, the White House is requesting $25 billion to go toward building the wall. Legal immigration will also see some changes by prioritizing family members who are spouses and minor children. The visa lottery system will also meet its end if the proposal is passed.
Belén Sisa, a student at Arizona State University and DACA recipient, says it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. She says DREAMers, including herself, are pushing for standalone bill, known as a Clean DREAM Act, which will provide them with permanent protection including citizenship “without throwing our communities and our families under the bus which is what we’re seeing now.”
Since 1956, there have been three pillars when it comes to immigration, one of those being the Pillar of Family Reunification, says Professor at Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law Evelyn Cruz. Every country receives an allocation of visas, and U.S. citizens are allowed to immigrate their family into the country. That completely changes with Trump’s proposal.
“I think it is a mask to use us to fulfill his own agenda which is a white supremacist agenda,” Sisa says. “He doesn’t want specific people to come to this country which are family members. We Dreamers, DACA recipients, would not be who we are if it wasn’t for our families. We want them to stay with us. We want our families to not be separated anymore.”
Sisa says that her family and friends who would be affected by the proposal have mixed reactions because the plan is confusing. The reason Dreamers are in the country, she says, is because their parents wanted them to have the best life and best opportunities so it’s not right that they aren’t being treated fairly.
Trump also includes a $25 billion wall in his proposal. However, it’s not just the wall. Cruz says the president “wants to revamp the judicial system, limit the amount of checks and balances we have on the deportation of individuals.’
You can read the proposal from the White House’s website here.