Pinoy DACA recipient calls immigration reform “dead cause”

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 6, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The topic of immigration has been an issue that President Barack Obama has been dealing with since his first term.

He has offered a type of help to about 1.7 million undocumented youth by temporarily allowing them to stay and work in the United States through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA – an executive order he issued in 2012.

Dean Santos is among its beneficiaries.

Santos is a member of the undocumented student led organization called ASPIRE.

Like many other people, Santos watched President Obama’s remarks after the midterm election.

“Basically the Democrats failed to galvanize the immigrant vote because they keep waiting on administrative relief, which is the action he is about to take,” said Santos. “Overall, I’m still not sure if it’s actually going to follow through but from our source it’s actually going to happen it just takes political will concerning that the Republicans have control of both houses of Congress. We will see.”

While Obama said that he may issue Executive Orders on immigration before the end of the year new Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell already said that would be a bad move of the President’s part.

“The thing is the Republicans do not want immigration reform to happen,” said Santos. “So basically it’s a tactic of the Republicans trying to dissuade Obama to pull at admin relief but I think Obama should take the leadership and follow through with administrative relief.”

Santos said Obama’s executive orders are very much needed because in a Republican-controlled Congress the chance of immigration reform being passed has become slim to none.

“In my opinion it’s a dead cause in the next two years,” said Santos. “I don’t think the Republicans have the political will to actually pull something of substance that provides a humane comprehensive immigration reform that will actually help families that are already here.”

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  • Mario
    6 November 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Don’t get scared,immigration reform will come, Republican & Democrats are all the same, this are politicians,they follow the money. The Association of Immigrations Lawyers will take care of them. I was illegal alien like you, my lawyer secured work permit($150/yr payable to Dept of Labor.)I pay matriculation fee to my lawyer every year, we lost 3 time from INS,but keep on appealing, then finally I won and get green card after 18 yrs.GOP will compromise on issuance of work permit for 35M illegal alien. Onced you get your work permit spend more money on immigration lawyer for a green card.Condition your mind, you will be the milking cow of the immigration lawyer for several years.

  • filam
    7 November 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    DATE: November 6, 2014

    RE: Immigration: National Post-Election Survey of Voters

    The President may be the last person in town to realize how resistant Americans are to him playing the Lone Ranger on amnesty. In fact, based on his press conference yesterday he has either suspended disbelief or has no awareness of how the immigration issue and his threats to act alone contributed to his party suffering massive losses on Tuesday.

    The results from a post-election survey of actual voters confirm this. Three-quarters of those who voted this year (74%) say President Obama should work with Congress rather than around Congress on immigration and separately, 80% want new jobs created by the economy to go to American workers and legal immigrants already in the country.

    The 80% figure turns on its head the elitist idea that illegal immigrants “do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do.” We actually bothered to ask Americans about that, and their answer is unequivocal: protect American workers and provide them (and legal immigrants) with the employment opportunities they need.

    Given the results at the ballot box this week, and the continuing prominence of immigration, in Washington, these data offer a fresh, compelling look at what those most engaged in the electoral process expect from their leaders.

    Voters overwhelmingly prefer an immigration system that protects American workers. Therefore members of Congress should feel confident that voters will support actions using the power of the purse to protect American workers from Obama’s executive amnesty threat.

  • Delia
    8 November 2014 at 6:02 am - Reply

    If 34 million illegal aliens returned ‘home’, the U.S. Economy would
    return to the rule of law.Employers would hire legal American
    citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of
    taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would
    result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected
    annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

    No more push ‘1’ for Spanish or ‘2’ for English. No more confusion in
    American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that
    degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded
    schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a
    cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

  • noz
    11 November 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

    obozo’s radical DACA have bought the votes of hispanics, one of his dirtiest political game. now his far out lefty cronies are caught with their own lies of obamacare was built on lies, in order to pass, with obozo’s capitalizing on the stupidness of the american voters, obozo thought so. the midterm election have toppled his confidence, fighting back with his not so fast BS is to push to the throats of every lawful americans the unlawful amnesty. this is the proof obozo is into legalized criminality is his legacy.