Dreamers are accusing Democrats for failing to pass DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) that protects illegal alien youth from deportation, saying they are tired of waiting and hearing empty promises while the deadline passes.
As the immigration stalemate continues in United States Congress, illegals who entered the U.S. as children argue that Democrats have been more focused on putting the blame on President Donald Trump and Republicans than on coming up with a congressional measure that would keep illegal youth from being deported while they wait for a path to become legal residents in America.
DACA supporters to Dems: No more excuses …
Cata Santiago – a 20-year-old Dreamer who was illegally brought from Mexico to the U.S. at the age of eight – is through with giving Democrats a free pass.
“They don’t walk their talk – we’re tired of it,” Santiago told Fox News. “We’re tired of believing [Democrats] 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.”
Dreamers, including Maria Duarte, held a sit-in at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday – when former President Barack Obama’s DACA program protecting young illegal immigrants from deportation was slated to end – in order to call out Democrats for betraying them.
“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,” Duarte expressed in a statement, according to Fox News. “We are anxious and we are scared of being torn away from our homes and our community.”
The two dozen or so pro-immigration activists gathering outside the DNC headquarters chanted their condemnation of national Democrats for failing to pass new protections for Dreamers, and actually barricaded the DNC’s front doors so staffers could not enter or exit the building.
“The Democrats Party has never been on my side,” one of the protesters insisted – according to the Daily Caller – while another claimed that “[Democrats left Dreamers] hanging by a thread.”
Others made it clear that Democrats have put up a façade to get more Latino votes.
“I am here today to tell Democrats that they are not my allies, and I will continue to fight and show that that I will not collaborate with them until they do something for my community,” angry protesters on the street proclaimed, as noted on a report from the Daily Caller. “[Democrats are] fake allies. If you won’t let us dream, we won’t let you sleep!”
The sense of betrayal is so strong that Democrats are losing supporters over this immigration issue.
“Many Dreamers say they are urging their supporters to suspend their affiliations with the Democratic Party until they see evidence that members of Congress who have portrayed themselves as working on a solution to their undocumented status are doing more than just making promises and giving reassurances,” Fox News reported.
In fact, Latino advocacy groups for undocumented immigrants – such as the Harvest Movement’s (Movimiento Cosecha) Seed Project – have turned on the Democratic Party and set their sites on publicizing its deceptive practices used to glean more Latino votes.
“[We are determined] to continue to expose the Democrats’ false promises,” members of Seed Project exclaimed, according to Fox News.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is one of the main Democratic leaders who Dreamers blame for stringing them along with false immigration assurances to secure a path to their permanent legal residency in the U.S.
No more ‘blame it on Trump’
President Trump has joined the attack on Democrats as the immigration issues continue to be deadlocked in Congress, blaming his rival party for diminishing the possibility of reaching a DACA agreement – to keep Dreamers from being deported – before the midterm elections in November.
“In a speech to Republican-friendly Latino business leaders on Wednesday, Trump said he wants to sign a law replacing the Obama-era program – DACA – to allow up to 1.8 million young immigrants who are in the country illegally to stay, get work permits, attend college or serve in the military,” the Los Angeles Times announced. “The problem, he said, is Democrats.”
Trump stressed to Latino Americans that the Democrats took themselves out of the picture.
"They're nowhere to be found – it's really terrible," Trump stressed to the audience, according to the Los Angeles Times. “[Republicans are] ready, willing and able. Go get DACA. Go push those Democrats. I'm telling you, it's lost. So, this is a moment for DACA – for all of us."
Trump has focused his messaging on immigration to let America know that he is ready and willing to make concessions on DACA to forward his plans on strengthening national security through the building of a continuous wall spanning the 2,000-mile southern border between the U.S. and Mexico.
“The president's comments – which echoed his partisan tweets of recent days – reflected his sensitivity to being blamed himself for the demise of a program that is broadly popular with Americans,” the L.A. Times’ Brian Bennett informed. “His speech came in a week when the program was supposed to end, by his order of last September, and after he rejected bipartisan Senate legislation to replace it last month. The president's party, which controls Congress, has been unable to agree on legislation it could pass without Democrats' backing.”
DACA’s stalemate was blamed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Congress.
“[It is] absolutely terrible that Congress has failed to act,” Sanders said, according to the Washington Times. “The president gave Congress six months, and he also gave them a plan. They claim to want to fix DACA. The president laid out a pathway and an exact way to do that. They failed to address it, but we’re still hopeful that Congress will actually do their jobs, show up and get something done and fix this problem -- not kick it down the road and not continue to ignore it.”
Dems’ blame game on Trump
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted that DACA’s expiration is Trump’s fault, saying his September order that could deport approximately 700,000 young permit-holders is responsible for the dilemma.
"Right now, the president created this crisis, and only the president can end this crisis," Durbin told the Senate on Wednesday. "Six different times we've gone to him and six different times he's rejected bipartisan approaches, Congress needs to do its job."
Extending the program indefinitely appears to no longer be an option.
“Court decisions have temporarily kept the program partially operating, in the meantime, requiring the administration to continue renewing the two-year protections indefinitely for people already approved for DACA permits,” Bennett pointed out. “That was unchanged by a third court ruling this week in the president's favor.”
But Democrats have failed to devise a workable solution to save Obama’s program.
“Last year Trump said he would end the program and gave Congress six months to come up with a permanent fix, but bipartisan bickering has stalled various efforts to come up with a bill,” Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente recounted. “Some 800,000 immigrants received DACA, which allowed recipients to obtain work permits, driver’s licenses and some government benefits. Two federal courts ordered the Trump administration to continue accepting DACA renewal applications.”
Yet failure to come up with a permanent fix is increasingly being credited to Democratic leaders posturing to forward their anti-Trump agenda.
“Democrats relinquished the leverage they had for meaningful legislation.” Cesar Vargas, an immigration activist and civil rights attorney declared in a Huffington Post op-ed. “[They] aren't fooling anyone.”
Still, DNC National Press Secretary Michal Tyler insists that Dreamers can only trust the Democratic Party.
"The Democratic Party is the only party that is standing with and committed to protecting Dreamers,” Tyler told Fox News. “Our Democratic President Barack Obama established DACA to provide relief for Dreamers because Congress failed to act. And now, Donald Trump has rescinded DACA to pander to his base all at the expense of Dreamers. Democrats have put countless proposals on the table, and yet this president and Republican Congress refuse to take action."
DNC Chairman Tom Perez also blamed Trump for the current DACA dilemma.
“[It was Trump’s] cruel and reckless decision [to phase out DACA that spurred] an unnecessary crisis,” Perez complained, according to the Washington Times. “And now his arbitrary deadline has passed without any action from the president or Republicans in Congress.”
However, disillusionment with the Democratic Party over immigration has reportedly gone on for 17 years, according to Dreamers.
“In 2010, they say, Congress seemed close to passing a Dream Act when it passed in the House of Representatives – only to have it fail in the Senate after five Democrats voted against the measure,” Llorente noted. “The frustration directed at Democrats, the critics say, does not mean that they don’t blame Republicans for the Dreamers’ uncertain future.”
Dreamers say the Democratic Party is guilty of setting up smoke and mirrors to give the false impression that they are the champions of DACA.
“But it’s the Democrats, they say, who have gone out of their way to depict themselves as their only hope on immigration efforts that will give them a chance to legalize their status,” Llorente added. “Obama did the same, many note, when he was running his presidential campaigns, only to end up presiding over a record number of deportations. They feel used.”
But Tyler is using the Democrats’ failure to drive more opposition against Trump.
“The Democratic Party is the only party that is standing with and committed to protecting Dreamers,” Tyler claimed, according to Fox News. “Donald Trump has rescinded DACA to pander to his base all at the expense of Dreamers.”
Yet the Democrats’ blame game is no longer fooling Santiago.
“We’re done speaking to the Democrats behind closed doors and trusting them,” Santiago told Fox News, “Everything is going to happen out in the open.”
National Latino Evangelical Coalition President Rev. Gabriel Salguero recalled his effort to forward Dreamer legislation in 2010, when he brought political leaders to his churches from coast to coast.
“There’s been a lack of political will … this is beyond partisanship – it’s a leadership issue,” Salguero told Fox News. “These kids trusted the process. We told them ‘If you play by the rules, if you wait, if you come forward, it will happen.’ They did everything that was asked of them. I understand their frustration.”