Lawmakers continue to work out deal on DACA with Trump administration

UNION CITY, CA — Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, along with their advocates gather to strategize how to inform the community here in Union City of the rights undocumented immigrants still have.

It’s been a month since the Trump administration announced the rescindment of DACA, and since then, politicians have been trying to negotiate a deal with the president on keeping the DACA recipients in the US.

However, for these DACA advocates, such deals can be questionable.

“We need to make sure that what our elected officials do is provide adequate protections to immigrant and other vulnerable communities, and not couple them with unfair enforcement,” said Chris Cara from Filipino Advocates for Justice.

“I would say it needs to basically just to stick with the same DACA process and have immigration reform,” said Michael Chapman. “Those are the two things if they want to meet in the middle on they need to agree on those two things.”

On Sunday, Trump said that before any deal to protect the Dreamers can be made — money to fund the border wall and for more immigration officers must be included.

“We’re not talking about amnesty. We’re talking about – we’re talking about taking care of people, people that were brought here, people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition. But very importantly, what we want, we have to have a wall. If the wall is going to be obstructed when we need the funds, at a little bit later date we’ll be determining how much we need, then we’re not doing anything.”

Trump’s proposal for a DACA deal:

  • Build border wall
  • Hire more immigration judges, attorneys, ice agents
  • Tighter standards for asylum requests
  • Restrict federal grants for “sanctuary cities”
  • Electronic verification system to prevent undocumented from securing jobs

Trump’s proposal also includes a request to hire 370 more immigration judges, 1,000 attorneys for ICE, 300 federal prosecutors, and 10,000 more ICE agents.

Trump also calls for tighter standards for those seeking US asylum, denial of federal grants to sanctuary cities, and a requirement that employers use an electronic verification system to keep undocumented from getting jobs.

In a joint statement, Senate minority leader Charles Schumer and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi quickly blasted the Trump administration’s proposals, saying the administration provided a list of principles that cannot be accepted from the undocumented community all the while — and questioning if the president was actually serious in helping them at all.

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  • Mario
    9 October 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Trump unveil 70 points plan for the Congress to pass an immigration reform bill. Some guidelines like, Press1 for English, Press2 for English Only..It is true Trump provided a list of principle that cannot be accepted by the illegal alien community. To summarized it “If you come to America illegally, no excuse you should leave or be deported.” The President is serious in helping the American voters and citizen and to deliver on what he had promised during the election. Sad news for DACA, overstaying tourist, and illegal alien, American need your jobs, you stole from us.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    10 October 2017 at 12:39 am - Reply

    During a community debate in Honolulu, Hawaii between Doctors William Gener-Med Acob and Danny Aczon, the real concentrate should be for all Filipino communities is to stop this nonsense “sanctuary” cities. It is basically a hypocritical-anarchist community. The good thing is that President Trump will put a stop into all this sanctuary city anarchism…

    10 October 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Lawmakers is dumb look DACA is gone, our president Trump ended it! What the lawmakers should do is try to make DACA people legal in America? Oh else they all will be “DEPORTED.” And a lot of Americans can’t wait to get rid of all the DACA people.