El Paso 'Dreamer' reacts to president Trump's proposal to extend DACA


Dreamers of the deferred action for childhood arrival program are in the spotlight on Saturday, after president Trump's announcement saying he will extend DACA and temporary protected status for holders.

This is being done in exchange for money to build a border wall.

"It's sad and it sucks, because we're not going to be used for something that he wants," said 21-year-old dreamer, Paola Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is just one of thousands of DACA dreamers, living and working right here in El Paso.

"Having [DACA] gives me just the protection that I need, the calm that i need," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said she's not at all surprised at president Trump's latest proposal to extend DACA, after he once tried to end it.

"He has used us as bargaining chips, and we're just not going to allow it," said Rodriguez.

"I am here today to break the logjam and provide congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown," said president Trump.

The president's negotiations come 28 days deep into the longest government shut down.

"Three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients," said president Trump.

Three years of extended liberty for DACA dreamers and people with temporary protected status, in exchange for a wall.

"As a candidate for president, I promised i would fix this crisis, and i intend to keep that promise one way or the other," said president Trump.

El Paso congresswoman Veronica Escobar calls president Trump's proposal insulting.

"Extending protections for DACA students, DACA kids and TPS, he eliminated those protections," said Escobar.

Escobar argued president Trump is negotiating unfairly.

"So, he's saying let me fix the problem I caused, but give me $5.7 billion for a wall," said Escobar.

DACA for years has granted undocumented dreamers protection from being deported, and has given them work permits.

"It's very sad and scary knowing that you're always in limbo," said Rodriguez.

With much uncertainty with DACA recently, Rodriguez said it can be hard but she chooses to stay positive.

"We may be facing difficult times, but we should always have hope that something good is going to come out of this," said Rodriguez.

Other funds included in this negotiation include new drug detection technology, more border patrol agents, and more judges.

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