DENVER — Less than a day after the government resumed accepting renewal applications for DACA, President Trump announced on Twitter on Sunday that “DACA is dead.” Leaving many questioning what is next?
“It’s something that hits me really hard, just hearing that I have an expiration date? It really takes away the human part,” DACA recipient, Ulises Rivera said.
Rivera was born in Mexico, but when he was two year’s old his parents immigrated to the United States for a chance at a better life.
“My family in Mexico, they didn’t have anything. They came from mud houses and shacks,” Rivera said.
The DACA program protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from being deported. Rivera renewed his two-year work permit before the Trump administration announced the decision to end the program last fall. Fully ending the program was delayed six months to give Congress time to decide how to handle the reform. Although Rivera considers Aurora home, his fate and that of more than 17,000 Coloradans is still uncertain.
“I don’t know what would happen. Mexico isn’t my home. This is my home,” Rivera said.
Last week, a Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators including Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet announced that they reached an agreement on how to address immigration, but details of the compromise haven’t been released.
On Sunday, President Trump said democrats have stalled a potential deal, stating on Twitter “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.”
In a separate Tweet he wrote, “I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST.”
As the march deadline for DACA looms, Rivera is praying for a compromise.
“We hope that sooner than March…