HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Senator Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut Dreamers held a news conference in Hartford rejecting President Trump’s immigration demands. The President announced last month that he was ending former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA which protects young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal said, “This country promised them they could stay here. Now, the President of the United States is on the verge of breaking America’s promise to the dreamers. We are dealing here with real lives. Not a reality show. We are dealing with real people who can give to this country in a real way we should not forgo their contributions. We should not deal with them as pawns in a reality show. We should give them fair and humane treatment.”
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The President told congressional leaders that his immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. The list of demands includes funding for a southern border wall and blocking funding for sanctuary cities like New Haven and Hartford.
Camila Bortolleto is just one of 800,000 people who benefit from DACA. She came to Connecticut from Brazil when she was nine years.
Bortolleto said, “I was able to go to high school and college being undocumented, before DACA I was still undocumented I was not able to work. I was not able to use my degree when DACA came about all that changed, my life changed.” Bortolleto is afraid she will be deported along with thousand of others. She’s an advocate for the rights of undocumented immigrant youth and their families.
Bortolleto added, “The deportation splits up families. It hurts families it separate kids from their parents.”
Jason Ramos said, “I have friends and I have family who benefit from DACA, I myself am a U.S. citizen I still feel the pain.”
Senator Blumenthal said Congress must pass the DREAM Act.
Senator Blumenthal added, “The DREAM Act would continue the status quo that has prevailed and enabled them to have some sense of security here and then to pursue a path to citizenship.”