By Tatiana Garcia
Inconclusive decisions over DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) between the Republicans and Democrats have caused a whirlwind of problems in Washington DC. This argument between parties was what largely led to the government shutdown in the first place. Although the government has been restored, the issue of DACA is still very much alive.
The night before the government shutdown, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump sat down and came close to a deal. President Trump even tweeted via Twitter (@realDonaldTrump) saying, “Excellent preliminary meeting in Oval with @SenSchumer – working on solutions for Security and our great Military together.”
The second night into the shutdown, parties came together for the sake of starting the government back up and agreed on extending their due date for a deal to February 8th. Lawmakers are now back at work, but many Americans are scared that this extension will only lead to the same ordeal if nothing is prepared on time.
With DACA currently on the brink of extinction, Democrats are eager to pass something considering that most recipient deferrals are expiring this coming March.
According to Senator Schumer, and other sources, Trump and him had an agreement where the Democrats would fund his wall, along the U.S. and Mexico border, in exchange for a solution for Dreamers. Aside from the fact that they had come to an unofficial agreement, the deal fell through only hours later after the meeting.
Why the sudden change you may ask? It is unclear but as lawmakers in Washington are at war, Dreamers at home are living a life of uncertainty and fear.
Ana Bautista, a student on DACA, shares, “It’s scary because these people just see us as illegals but we’re students and parents and people. My mom brought me to this country when I was really young, I didn’t choose to come here.” Bautista, like all DACA recipients, is unsure of her fate. Whether it’s school or work, it’s hard to make plans for something you’re unsure you’ll have.
As the government works on a bipartisan bill, Dreamers anxiously wait to see what solution lawmakers come up with, if they do at all, and what it contains regarding their legal status and future.
Senator Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi along with other Representatives stand together in a joint statement to pledge their support to help Dreamers. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein courtesy of Getty Images).