DACA recipient unleashes on Democrats: ‘Dreamers’ are ‘pawns’

Democrats overplayed their hand on immigration and are now getting called on their bluff.

Hilario Yanez, a man protected by the Obama-era DACA program for being brought to the US illegally as an infant, appeared on Fox News Saturday to praise President Trump’s leadership on immigration and slam Democrats for allegedly using illegal immigrants as “pawns.”

“At the end of the day, here’s a guy who wants to provide a pathway to citizenship for myself and, you know, really make a difference in my life,” Yanez said of President Trump.

The “Dreamer” also supported the president’s proposals to cut both legal and illegal immigration, including the construction of a wall along the southern border and the elimination of the visa lottery program.

“Also, I believe we need to have border security so this doesn’t happen again,” he asserted.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci).

Yanez continued:

“And if a wall is necessary to provide another layer for border security to do their job in a safe and responsible manner, then, you know, I think it’s necessary to fund it. The diversity lottery — I think it’s outdated, I think it’s time for people who want to come to the United States to focus on skills so they can contribute to the American economy.”

He criticized Democrats for their refusal to back President Trump’s proposed immigration compromise, which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship to the roughly 800,000 current recipients of DACA as well as an additional 1 million illegal aliens who would have qualified for the program had they applied.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). (AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

“The Democratic leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, really have no clear message,” Yanez said. “We have been confused, I think at the end of the day they have been using us as pawns.”

He also disapproved of January’s government shutdown, which occurred when Senate Democrats refused to vote for a stopgap government funding measure as a way of calling attention to DACA.

Congress has until March 5 to act, after which time beneficiaries of DACA will become subject to deportation unless legislative protections are passed.

“We should have never shut down the government over DACA,” Yanez maintained. “We should have never held our American people and our military hostage.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).

He concluded by saying that he would “do anything to serve this country, to die for this country.”

“All I need is a chance,” he said.

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