Some recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have had enough of Democratic lawmakers blaming Republicans for failing to pass a measure that would protect them from deportation.
Cata Santiago, who was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was 8 years old, told Fox News:
“They don’t walk their talk. We’re tired of it. We’re tired of believing them when they say ‘It’s the Republicans.’ They make promises when they’re in an election, and when it’s over they’re done and don’t do anything.
I’ve decided to put my faith in my community [of Dreamers] and not in the Democrats.”
A group of so-called “Dreamers” held a sit-in on Monday at the national headquarters of the Democratic National Committee to shine a light on Democrats being to blame for failing to protect them. One of the participants was Maria Duarte, who stated:
“The Democrats made the calculation to kick the can down the road and allow hundreds of thousands of us undocumented youth to live in uncertainty. We are anxious and we are scared of being torn away from our homes and our community.”
The “Dreamers” are begging for a short-term solution to extend DACA and a permanent fix that would legalize their status in the long run.
However, DNC press secretary Michael Tyler responded by saying, “The Democratic Party is the only party that is standing with and committed to protecting Dreamers. Our Democratic President Barack Obama established DACA to provide relief for Dreamers because Congress failed to act.”
He then pinned the blame on the Republicans in Congress, saying Democrats have “put countless proposals on the table” but that the “president and Republican Congress refuse to take action.”