Community Leaders Speak Out Against Trump’s Ending of DACA (Video)


President Donald Trump’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) has many Nevada leaders and organizations speaking out.

DACA, since 2012, has allowed the children of unauthorized immigrants to avoid deportation. About 800,000 young adults living in the U.S. are under the DACA program – many came to the U.S. as children and are now integrated into American society.

About 13,000 of those are in Nevada.

“Having DACA does not give immigrants any path to becoming legal permanent residents or citizens,” according to reporting by Dara Lind at Vox. “It allows young unauthorized immigrants who meet certain criteria to apply for a commitment from the federal government for ‘deferred action’ – that is, a commitment not to initiate deportation proceedings – for two years. Successful applicants also receive a work permit.”

They are taxpayers, have gone to school here and many are working jobs while contributing billions to the U.S. economy.

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson spoke at today's press conference on DACA.
Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson speaking at today’s press conference on DACA.
Trump’s termination of the program in six months has drawn rebukes from Governor Brian Sandoval, University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, Nevada System of Higher Education and the Washoe County School District, among others.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve urged Congress today to pass legislation that would keep these immigrants here.

“It would remove Dreamers’ fears of deportation and allow them to contribute even more to the country they love, which for many is the only country they have known,” she wrote as part of a statement from the U.S. Conference of Mayors to Congress. “They would be able to reach their full potential in many ways, including serving in the (U.S.) military.”

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) held a press conference today urging activists to more direct action.

PLAN’s Bob Fulkerson said that Trump’s actions amount to a massive hate crime.

“This is much more than a Latino or immigration issue,” he said. “This is an issue of basic common decency and human rights.”

Maria Toca, a DACA recipient, also spoke at the press conference.

“The amount of support I’ve received … it’s amazing to see that and amazing to feel that,” she said. “That’s what makes this place home for me.

“We dreamt of living the American Dream, and we did it. It’s not okay to just take that away from us,” she added. “People have been blaming our parents for making the decision to come here and giving us no choice, but they did that to give us a better chance. With DACA, we are achieving it.”

Toca came to the U.S. When she was four. She has two academic degrees, is a teacher and is raising a U.S.-born son.

“I can’t put my hands up and surrender for doing something I was told to do and for just living my life,” she explained.

Watch a livestream video of today’s press conference below.

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  1. Trump is for the American people.
    And what he did is for the American people, So people need to quit crying about every thing that trump does that benefits this country, that’s why we voted for him, and because he’s the lesser of the 3 evils.

  2. I formerly served as a liaison officer for Central and South American navies and very much enjoyed working with representatives of those nations. My own family has some Spanish ancestors (probably from the crew of Black Beard’s pirates!) and I still enjoy learning more about the Spanish language and various Spanish-speaking cultures.

    None of the Spanish-speaking countries tolerate being invaded and occupied by people from other countries. Americans are the only suckers who allow invaders to come here, showing contempt for our laws our nation and our citizens, then reward the criminal invaders by granting their progeny defacto automatic citizenship. Then our government sweetens the deal by providing a very generous social welfare program including free college in states such as Nevada.

    The reality of what has transpired was revealed with crystal clarity when I went to pay my college tuition. I had scrimped and saved to have the money for fall tuition. I was at one window paying in cash. There was a line of “Mexican Dreamers” at the next window and they were each RECEIVING checks from the college.

    One hears a lot of compassion expressed for the “Dreamers” since they are mere victims of circumstance. However, that compassion must take the form of a speedy return to the rule of law, their prompt deportation so that they and their law-breaking parents can apply for entry through the lawful process that our legal immigrants have all followed.

    To continue to allow our immigration laws and our borders to be ignored by these (mostly) Mexican invaders will only encourage more contempt for our nation, our laws and our citizens. Our incompetent elected officials have placed our Republic in peril and should they not act to restore the rule of law then they must be replaced during the next election cycle, regardless of Party affiliation.

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