Local 'dreamer' reacts to end of DACA
WILKES-BARRE (WOLF-TV) —
On Tuesday, thousands took to the streets in cities across the U.S. to protest the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Belem Orozco runs Make the Road PA in Scranton.
She was one of those who traveled from Pennsylvania to Washington D.C.
"Being an undocumented person in this country, you're used to constantly being attacked. You're used to your basic rights coming into question, you're used to these kind of attacks,” Orozco said.
Now, it's up to members of Congress to decide what to do about those who potentially face deportation now the program has ended.
Congressman Matt Cartwright believes ending DACA would cost the economy $450 billion over the next decade.
"That means we will lose many thousands of American jobs for our economy. Not the jobs DACA recipients are filling. I'm talking about many thousands of jobs that American citizens are filling now,” Cartwright said.
Meanwhile, Congressman Lou Barletta commended President Trump and criticized President Obama for granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.
"American citizens, or people who have come to the United States legally, should not have to suffer from others butting in line after they have broken the law to enter this country,” Barletta said.
Rabbi Roger Lerner, an activist at Temple B'Nai B'rith in Kingston, believes Congress has given up responsibility to take care of America's immigrants.
"Putting your head in the sand is not going to solve our immigrant crisis. You have to have comprehensive legislation that's going to work on both sides of the political spectrum. Both Republicans and Democrats coming together to have a solution,” Lerner said.
Orozco has a message for Congress.
"I would say get to work. Figure it out. There's almost a million of us relying on you,” she added.