A DACA recipient called out Democrats who continue to push for decriminalizing illegal border crossings.
Hilario Yanez, a beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, told Fox News the plan which is supported by some of the 2020 Democratic contenders, is not “smart” and definitely not what Americans want.
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“The Democratic Party would rather create more chaos than rather govern this country,” Yanez told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday, weighing in on the issue, which came up during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate.
“When it comes to decriminalization, border crossings at the border, it would only enable more chaos and more lawlessness,” he said.
“It will also allow more cartels to take advantage of vulnerable families, children and then women through human trafficking, sex trafficking,” Yanez warned. “Border Patrol would be overburdened as well.”
The second round of 2020 Democratic debates kicked off Tuesday with an animated speech by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who declared at one point that Democrats care about securing the border.
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“We believe we can be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” he exclaimed. “We can secure our borders.”
The candidates did not all seem to follow the script however with predictable flip-flopping on the issue. While they all agreed that President Trump is to blame for every problem at the southern U.S. border, and is a bad man for allegedly locking children in cages, there was no consensus on decriminalizing unauthorized border-crossing.
“One way to fix it is to decriminalize. That’s the whole point,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said during the debate.
“If a mother and a child walk thousands of miles on a dangerous path, in my view they are not criminals,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said while attacking Trump for “his racism and his xenophobia.”
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg did an about-face on his earlier position and asserted that illegal border crossings will still be illegal under his administration.
“If fraud is involved, then that’s suitable for the criminal statute. If it’s not, it should be handled under civil law,” he said.
Yanez, however, asserted that the idea was a bad one.
Protected from deportation by the DACA program, Yanez was brought to the U.S. from Mexico illegally by his mother when he was a baby. Though his family ended up homeless by the time he was three years old, Yanez went on to become a successful student, graduating from the University of Houston.
But he told Kilmeade that he would like to have a permanent status and the American immigration system has been broken for the last 20 years.
“It’s the reason why I’m here today and I don’t know what my future looks like,” he said.
“I’m asking Congress to work with this president to solve the issues with border security…let’s solve DACA, let’s solve legal migration,” he said.
“Something needs to happen and President Trump is trying to bring the rule of law back in order,” Yanez concluded.
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