A group of illegal immigrants has declared that if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, isn’t extended, they will protest by leaving the U.S.
Speaking to CNN, one of these DREAMers, Alex Velez, said, “I will leave. I will leave America as soon as possible,” claiming that she would prefer to depart the country on her own terms than wait for the United States to collect and deport her.
The theory appears to be that, if DREAMers suddenly disappear, Americans will notice their absence. Velez and her sister claim they own businesses, pay tuition, and hold jobs, and that America has a duty to keep them here in order to maintain their contributions.
The problem is, for the Velez sisters, striking against the United States for refusing to accommodate them isn’t a plan with a likely payoff. The pair are undocumented citizens brought over by their parents from Venezuela, and the situation in their home country is less than ideal.
The United States Congress may be taking its time renewing the DACA Act, but Venezuela is currently crumbling under a dictator — so the theory that they’d return to a more awesome place to show President Trump what he’s missing might not pan out.
If a comprehensive immigration reform plan is not approved by early March, DACA recipients will be allowed to finish out the term of their amnesty contract before being declared “illegal.” Congress says it is working on a solution and President Trump has been clear that DACA recipients who overstay will not be targeted for deportation.
Velez and her sister arrived in the U.S. at a young age. The native land they’d be repatriating is the socialist not-quite-paradise of Venezuela. Venezuela has been marked in recent years by violent unrest due to a lack of necessities such as food and water. Much of the country is gripped in chaos coupled with a nearly complete media blackout.
A return to a country destroying itself under a socialist dictator to prove their assets to Americans, while sticking it to President Trump for not accommodating them, will be a valuable lesson for someone, to say the least.
Congress has been slow to renew the DACA Act. Unless immigration reform gets approved by March, DACA beneficiaries will have to the end of the term in their amnesty contract before planning for the consequences of their illegal status.
As Congress moves for a solution, President Donald Trump has maintained there will be no deliberate targeting of the DACA recipients for deportation.
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