On Friday, President Donald Trump insisted again there will be no DACA – the program that protects dreamers from deportation – without the border wall with Mexico.
The president, who is on vacation at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida, also added that the solution for dreamers is also subordinated to the end of the immigration system that allows family reunification, as well as the end of the visa lottery.
“The Democrats have been told, and they have fully understood, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL on the southern border and without the END of the horrible chain immigration system and the ridiculous Lottery Immigration System. protect our country at all costs, “he said.
The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
The Trump administration decided to end DACA in September and asked Congress to seek a legislative solution in six months.
The program, which was approved by Barack Obama, protected from deportation and allowed obtaining work permits to some 800,000 dreamers who came to the United States as minors.
Since the Trump government’s decision, the dreamers pressed the Democrats not to approve a budget agreement this December that did not include an immigration solution for them. Despite the demonstrations, Congress reached an agreement that prevented the government from closing without including the demand of the dreamers . The DACA program will be definitively extinguished at the beginning of March.
Those affected by the suppression of the program have shown their disagreement to be allowed to remain legally in US soil in exchange for changes in the immigration system or the lifting of the border fence in the south of the country.
“We are adamantly opposed to being used as a bargaining chip, as part of a negotiation to approve a racist plan that reflects the values of white supremacy that wants to deport people like my parents, put them in concentration camps and then deport them from the United States. “Cristina Jiménez, Executive Secretary of United We Dream, told Univision News last August.
In their desire to stay legally, the dreamers have had the support of some of the main technology companies in the country and at least 15 states more Washington DC
In September, companies such as Google, Facebook or Amazon, sent a letter to President Trump advocating dreamers stating that “our economy would lose 460.3 billion dollars of national GDP and 24.6 billion in contributions from Social Security and Medicare (without them). Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. ”