by Countable | 1.30.18
Immigrants formerly protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, come from all walks of life. Of the 690,000 currently enrolled in the soon-to-be terminated program, about 8,8000 are school teachers.
One of those school teachers, America Moreno Jimenez, a high school teacher in Raleigh, NC will be attending tonight’s State of the Union address as the guest of Rep. David Price (D-NC). According to the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, WNCN, Jimenez was brought to the U.S. when she was 2 years old and has no memory of Mexico, where she was brought from:
"We are part of this country. We have lived here for so long. Our roots are here. Our culture’s here."
Maria Rocha, reports NPR, is a third grade teacher in San Antonio, TX who was brought to the U.S. illegally by her grandmother when she was a toddler. She lived in fear until she was 25 and became DACA-eligible. Then she came out of the shadows, got her degree, and was able to fulfill her childhood dream of being a teacher. Now, all of that is at risk:
"We've done things the right way. We were told to go to school, make a career. But now we're at the mercy of the stroke of a pen."
The president has made an immigration proposal that would secure the future of the young people protected by DACA, but would also dedicate $25 billion to the border wall and alter other existing legal immigration programs. A bipartisan proposal has also emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus which protects DACA recipients but dedicates less money to the border wall and paths to legal status for other groups, like immigrants formerly offered Temporary Protected Status.
Do you support legislative efforts to protect DACA recipients? Do you support the president’s plan? The bipartisan plan from the Problem Solvers Caucus? Or would you propose a different plan?
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— Asha Sanaker
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There are so many people in this country that are actively trying to destroy it and everything it stands for and holds dear. Why are they trying so hard to chase off hard working people. Leave the dreamers alone. Get rid of the freeloading, lazy, criminals currently infesting the three branches of government. Make room for people that work for the country, not against it, even if they don’t have papers proving they took a test (none of the majority party could pass) and paid a fee. Stop holding the dreamers to higher standards than we hold our representatives!
DREAMERS DID NOT BREAK ANY LAWS!! They were BROUGHT here. I’d like to ask every Senator and Congressional Representative, when your parents took you somewhere as a minor child, did you debate them on the legality of their decisions? As a 3 or 4 or 10 year old, did you tell your parents to wait until you researched where they were taking you to see what laws or rules or guidelines said they shouldn’t do whatever it was they were going to do? Don’t we, as a Country, hold minors (under 18 years old) to a different standard in our courts and laws? Yes, we do and there’re very good reasons for this. And how ironic, that those who believe children must listen to and obey their parents, confine their beliefs to the borders of The United States.
DACA recipients need a clean bill to protect them from deportation. Most of them know no other country because they were brought here when they were very young and had no pathway to start on the road to citizenship without leaving the country and hoping to return without any guarantee. Let’s start being a beacon to the world again instead of a petty, fascist, frightened, pathetic excuse for country.
Anyone who puts up with the poor pay and disrespect of being a teacher to educate our children deserves to be here and deserves our gratitude. Leave the Dreamers alone!!!
PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT NOW
This is beyond repugnant. There is a shortage of teachers in this country and in Indiana. What is wrong with you people?
I hate when people comment without facts. “To apply for citizenship you first have to apply for and get a green card and then wait 3–5 years. The Dreamers, unfortunately, not only do not have citizenship—they do not even have green cards. And—contrary to what a lot of people seem to think—there is no mechanism for getting a green card just on the basis of having been in the US for a certain amount of time or waiting a certain amount of time, whether legally or illegally.”— quoted from Quora
This administration is horrible! Why would you deport Dreamers? Does it make them feel like real men to do these horrible things to these people? I hate what our country has become under Trump!
I guess I just don’t understand what their concern is. The Presidents proposal (which I am not in agreement with) supports amnesty for DACA individuals vice repercussions for violating the law. So what’s the issue?? If it were up to me, illegally entering would be handled by deportation and you can follow the rule of law to come back. Being American is a privilege not a right.
Do not use dreamers as scapegoats or bargaining chips. No deportations!
Do the right thing. Save DACA
DACA and a secure border go hand in hand. Dreamers absolutely need a path to citizenship, but without a secure border, there will always be new “dreamers” illegally brought here. Build the wall & provide a path to citizenship for current DACA recipients. We can do both.
I understand the situation these teachers are in, but it is their responsibility to be legal to live within the country they want to call home. If they teach their students about rules and following instructions, then they must practice what they preach and follow the rules and laws of this country.
Why are democrats so suddenly concerned with these illegals? If they really cared about them, then they would have addressed the issue when they controlled all 3 branches of government. The former president himself when he signed DACA said it was unconstitutional and temporary. DACA should not be addressed until border security is done. The democrats will promise to do border security in exchange for DACA illegals, until they get what they want, and then go back on the security part. A fair compromise would be if border security is done first then address these illegals, if not then deport them. They are here Illegally, even if brought here as kids.
When I read the story of the teacher, it is clear to me that while she said she “follows the law” she never bothered to follow the law to become a legal citizen, instead hiding out. With DACA, she came out and went to school but again, never bothered to do what was necessary to be a citizen. It is unfair to hold some people to one standard and others to another. Either become a legal citizen of the country you choose (yes it IS a choice) or go elsewhere. That is the law - for everyone.
Dreamers are more American then many nationalist groups. Really. The real American spirit is in these people. We need them.
Don’t call them “Dreamers.” The DREAM bill failed. They were brought under DACA. So, they are DACAers. Secondly, it isn’t their dream to live in America if they already live here. It’s reality. And, since they broke the law, willingly or not, they should be deported.
This nightmare for people covered by DACA needs to end. Congress get you act together and fix this.
It looks like the GOP gets a twofer, another chance to screw our education system and a DACA Recipient at the same time.
No. Dreamers aren’t the reason they’re here. Give those who aren’t criminals a path to citizenship. They want to contribute.