Thursday morning, during rush hour, several local immigrants and “allies” came together demanding protections for DACA recipients.
They met just above I-10, near Wyoming and Santa Fe, holding a large banner reading “Senator Cornyn, Dream Act Killer”.
The message addressed to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who represents El Paso. These protesters say he has not stood up for local “dreamers” and are hoping public pressure will cause him to try and find a solution.
KTSM reached out to Sen. Cornyn about the allegations, his office sent the following statement from the Senator to us:
“I’m very much involved in trying to find a solution for the young adults who were brought here by their parents when they were children, and we don’t hold it against the children the mistakes their parents make. So they’re a very sympathetic population of young people we’d like to get a permanent solution for, a path forward so they can become productive members of society and they don’t have to worry about their future or their family.”
– U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Roberto Valvadez was one of those children.
“Me and my parents came to El Paso when I was one,” Valvadez said. He has been protected by DACA but says now he’s lost his peace of mind and worries every day about his family and future.
DACA is set to expire March 6th, leaving 1.8 million people across the country vulnerable to deportation.
The issue has become a bargaining chip in the recent effort to reach a funding agreement to avoid a Government shutdown.
If no agreement on DACA is met these local dreamers say they will continue to protest until they are safe from deportation.