Houston Immigrants, Hit Hard by Hurricane Harvey, Slam DACA Decision
The Houston immigrant community, hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, lamented President Trump's Tuesday decision that the "Dreamer" program would be rescinded.
The move hands the fate of those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to Congress, which has six months to pass legal protection for these individuals, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Only families that include a U.S. citizen qualify for FEMA aid in the wake of the hurricane. Some DACA recipients felt doubly attacked after they heard the news that the program was canceled.
"Obviously we condemn the president for making this announcement at such a time when he should be focused on helping the Houston economy," one DACA recipient said, adding that the president is "attacking our immigrant community."
Another "Dreamer" said he was able to go to paramedic school and become an EMT because of DACA. He is the breadwinner for himself and his mother.
Several "Dreamers" were visibly distressed as they watched Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescind the program.
However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Dreamers will not become a priority for deportation.