If President Trump and Congress aren’t able to work out some sort of agreement on their immigration status, at least two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients told CNN they are going to take their ball and go home.
Is that a promise?
Alex Velez is a Dreamer. She says she will leave the U.S. if a DACA deal isn’t reached. “Not having citizenship … it’s not something that’s going to define me. Being illegal isn’t defining me.” https://t.co/6hIZpE4QFg pic.twitter.com/zlqto1bJEy
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) February 8, 2018
Both Alex and Daniela Velez came to the United States from their home country of Venezuela with their parents on “visitor” visas in the 1990s, and have been here ever since.
Because they are among the DACA recipients who have made productive, albeit illegal, lives for themselves in this country (as opposed to drug running or joining a gang), CNN decided to feature them in a sympathetic story about their fate if DACA is ended.
Turns out, if that happens the sisters say they have no intention of waiting around to be deported.
“Alex and I are both over this [DACA situation],” said 24-year-old Daniela. “If DACA ends, I will leave with Alex. I will close my business, leave work and school.”
Understandably wanting to escape a horrible life in socialist Venezuela under Hugo Chavez, their father used visitor visas to come to the United States but ended up overstaying and settling for good in Burlington, New Jersey, where the sisters share the same one-bedroom apartment their father first moved into.
“When Hugo Chavez became president in the late 1990s, things started to change and become difficult for the middle class,” Daniela told CNN.
If she loses her DACA protection, Alex, 19, said, “I will leave. I will leave America as soon as possible. I want to be able to leave on my terms. I’m not going to be waiting for anyone to come for me.”
Daniela agreed: “One thing I’ve learned is my talent and skill are mine. No one can take those away. It will be hard to start life again, but we will not stay the rest of 2018 in America.”
As sympathetic as their situations may be, Daniela and Alex’s stated intentions fly in the face of Democrat insistence that DREAMers can never be removed. In this case, they are deporting themselves.
It’s easy to point to sympathetic cases and try to sway the public, but some Twitter users weren’t falling for it.
Look, it’s the DREAMER children using child psychology on the USA!
— Trump Lady ??? (@RealTrumpLady) February 9, 2018
To all “Dreamer’s” who have threatened to leave the USA.
If you are at Disneyland, head “South.”
No thanks needed, I just want to help.
— Patrick Fornari (@FornariSense) February 10, 2018
Leave please, would allow more room for hard working America loving Mexicans who don’t meet the artificisl time line of the privilege dreamer complaimers to work toward a pathway to citizenship
— RightWingNutJob (@RightWingCraCra) February 10, 2018
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