DACA recipient: Obama could have done more

BELTMONT, Calif. – Viewing parties were held all over the country for President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration, and a number of those who watched gave their approval.

Dean Santos, a Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, was at work, but was monitoring events on his smartphone.

Santos felt a bit let down by the executive actions of Obama.

“I think it’s great we are moving away from the politics of hate and inclusion, but I’m also disappointed that the reform is very limited,” said Santos. “Only a few people are going to benefit from it and it also leads to further criminalization of the immigrant communities.”

Santos is a member of ASPIRE, which is an undocumented student-led organization. He was one of about 1.7 million undocumented youth who were temporarily allowed to stay and work in the US.

He feels that President Obama excluded an important group.

“I think one of the most biggest disappointed within the undocumented immigrant youth that’s organizing, is that parents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival beneficiaries are not included,” said Santos.

Santos outlined four recommendation points:

  • Prioritize comprehensive immigration reform
  • Broaden relief to more undocumented immigrants
  • Streamline the backlog
  • Stop mass deportations

“I’ve been inside the detention facility,” said the DACA recipient. “I’ve been through deportation proceedings. It hurts. It affects your family. It affects your friends. It affects your community. I think separating people from their community is inhumane.”

The president said that he will make it easier for foreign students who graduate with advanced degrees from US universities to work temporarily in the United States. Santos says while this too is good, it doesn’t benefit all undocumented students.

“I think it’s a way to divide our communities to frame who is welcomed and who isn’t,” said Santos.
Santos knows there is still much more work to be done.

“He could have done more, but we’ll take what we can,” he added.

After the midterm elections, Santos felt that immigration reform was a “dead cause,” but today he has regained some hope in pushing for immigration reform.

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  • noz
    21 November 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    this guy is misinformed with his take on obozo’s executive order is a reform. this is the best example of people given some leeway by obozo in exchanged to get reelected. now this guy is into doing his own law, the lawmaker must follow? get out of here. illegal aliens like this guy want to be treated like he not illegal alien, imposing a red carpet welcome, get out of here. only legal aliens are given the red carpet welcome. illegal aliens must be treated as such illegal, lawless, and be required by immigration law of illegal aliens deportations.

  • Fil Am
    21 November 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Gusto pa yata ng budget at financial

    Bigyan ng jacket at puhunan Ni yanyan

  • JRB
    24 November 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Hey Santos who in the hell you think you are,look my friend how you can talk like you and your illegal immigration friends belong in America with as true Americans born and live here in America. You all go to “HELL.” To me your lucky to be in my country my friend. Obama is a ass hole that is as the stupid as you born them black boys. He shouldn’t have been our leader to our country. So Santos you should shut your big mouth? Your lucky to be working in America my friend.