Even as President Donald Trump sought to extend protections for those who fall under the DACA program, recipients responded with an ungrateful attack.
A recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had no words of thanks for the president after he offered a three-year extension for “Dreamers” in a new deal to Democrats in hopes of securing more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern U.S. border and ending a month-long government shutdown.
Instead, Belen Sisa accused Trump of using “Dreamers” as “bargaining chips” during a CNN interview with Ana Cabrera on Sunday.
“I don’t know if the president is completely ignorant to history or if he has gone delusional to what happened a year ago when he ended the program himself,” Sisa said following Trump’s announced proposal Saturday.
“If he truly cared about Dreamers, if he truly cared about undocumented youth, he would not be using us as bargaining chips through his tantrum of getting a wall that makes no sense,” she added.
“It’s like lighting your house on fire and then going outside and trying to put it out yourself by blaming it on other people,” she said.
Trump delivered his compromise to Democrats in a televised White House address Saturday, proposing that protections for 700,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children be extended for three years, as well as extending protections for 300,000 recipients of the Temporary Protected Status program.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
Trump noted that his proposals had been accepted by Democrats in the past and offered the compromise in exchange for funding the wall.
Cabrera asked Sisa on Sunday how it felt to have the government shutdown affect her personally.
“It’s horrible. It’s really disappointing and saddening to see that the person who is supposed to hold this country together is doing nothing but dividing the American people by holding immigrant youth hostage,” she replied, adding that Democrats should “absolutely not” consider Trump’s proposed plan to re-open the government.
No worry there as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to shoot down the president’s efforts even before he had delivered his remarks.
Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don’t see crime & drugs, they only see 2020 – which they are not going to win. Best economy! They should do the right thing for the Country & allow people to go back to work.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
Sisa risked deportation when she was arrested after participating in a sit-in outside out Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office in December 2017.
If you’re reading this, I have been arrested in Washington, D.C. and will refuse to leave jail until @SenSchumer and @RepCurbelo publicly confirm that they have whipped the votes to block any spending bill that does not include a Clean Dream Act. #NoDreamNoDeal
— Belén Sisa (@belensisaw) December 16, 2017
Sisa has been arrested on other occasions as well.
We went to DC jail for for 6 days in result of calling out our political leaders a month ago… today we are seeing the fruits of our labor and sacrifices #Dream7 #NoDreamNoDeal #DreamActNow https://t.co/IOjWsyeS7y
— Belén Sisa (@belensisaw) January 20, 2018
Twitter users called out Cabrera, Sisa and other “Dreamers” who have criticized Trump’s offer.
— Deplorable KK Berd? (@keny_berd) January 21, 2019
DACA was never supposed to be permanent, it was from the beginning temporary in the words of Barack Obama. Plus it wasn’t constitutional for him simply to decree it, as he admitted many times before he eventually did it anyway.
— Nickarama (@Nickarama1) January 21, 2019
So the illegal is upset because our President isn’t giving her, the illegal, free things? Just clarifying…
— charlie stclair (@senatorcharlie) January 21, 2019
@belensisaw you are extremely inconsiderate.
If America lets you live here, you should consider
yourself fortunate to be in the best country in the
world and be thankful.
Understand that YOU ARE OWED NOTHING!
— Frederick Schnabel (@FESchnabel) January 21, 2019
That DACA recipient is lucky to still be in the United States.
— Modern Day Viking (@moderndayvikin2) January 21, 2019
This is outrageous! How damned unappreciative!
1) DACA was illegal from its Obama inception.
Don’t blame Trump for trying to right that wrong.
2) Instead of insulting @realDonaldTrump you should
be saying “Thank You for the additional 3 years”
while Congress fixes it LEGALLY.
— Frederick Schnabel (@FESchnabel) January 21, 2019
Trump offered a temporary deal to allow them to stay for three years. If all they can do is complain maybe they could go back to their own country. We don’t need any more angry liberals.
— Carol Kirkendall (@cjkirken) January 21, 2019
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