Trump, Democrats move closer to a deal on DACA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — “Always have hope because for as long as you have hope, things will change for the better.”
This was the message of Philippine consul general of San Francisco, Henry Bensurto, as soon as news broke out Thursday night that a deal was made between the top House and Senate Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump, when it comes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
The news also include a package on border security that would not fund Trump’s wall project.
“When we’re talking about this legislation to protect the Dreamers, yes I do trust that the president is sincere in understanding that the public supports, overwhelmingly, the public supports not sending these young people back,” said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
“We have reached an understanding on this issue. We have to work out details and we can work together on a border security package with the white house and get DACA on the floor quickly,” said Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.
But it seems like the details of the deal that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation have yet to be ironed out.
This could include a potential pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
Trump said Republican House speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell are very much on board with plans to make the DACA program permanent.
Ryan clarified there is no agreement just yet.
For his part, the President insisted that any possible deal on immigration with Democrats would have to include provisions for massive border security, and that his planned wall along the border with the Mexico would come later.
“Well, we are working on a plan – subject to getting massive border control, we are working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen,” Trump said. “You have 800,000 young people brought here – no fault of their own. So we are working on a plan. We’ll see how it works out, but we are going to get massive border security as part of that.”
Trump has ordered the dismantling of DACA, but has given Congress six months to come up with an alternative plan.
Con Gen Bensurto, along with various Fil-Am political and legal groups, that gathered in a DACA forum Thursday night at the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center hope that plan comes to fruition.
They say all Filipino Americans — regardless of their political affiliation — should let their voices be heard.
“The national interest should always prevail and the Filipino people should contact all the leaders — Senators, congressmen, the leaders in Washington,” said Ray Satorre, president of the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center.
While Trump and congressional leaders discuss the future of DACA, Bensurto has this to say to young undocumented immigrants:
“Be cautious. Be prudent. But don’t panic.”
He says the future looks hopeful for them; for as long the US government believes that they too have a stake in this country.