Could this be a sign that things are beginning to change out their in the immigrant community at-large?
Probably not, but one could hope that more immigrants are also beginning to see the wisdom in Hilario Yanez’s words.
Yanez is a DACA program recipient, or a DREAMer, who has come to realize two things – President Trump has done a “great” job, and the Democrats are using DREAMers as political “pawns.” Yanez, and again, hopefully other DREAMers, have noticed that the President seems very willing to give the Democrats everything they want when it comes to DACA… and it’s the Democrats who seem unwilling to deal with President Trump.
He sees Democrat leadership playing games with the DACA debate in an effort to make the Republicans look bad and to help their own election chances. Meanwhile, President Trump and the GOP have offered not just amnesty to the DACA recipients but to all of the DACA eligible people in the USA. This concession is actually MORE than Democrats have asked for, and yet Democrats continue to drag their feet… why? Yanez thinks he understands why – the Democrats are just using him and his fellow DREAMers as pawns in their political games.
In a recent interview on Fox News, Yanez explained:
Three points I want to make about that. Number one is the Democratic leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer really have no clear message, have been, you know, we have been confused. I think at the end of the day they have been using us as pawns.
The second point I want to bring in is they should have never shut down the government over DACA. We should have never held our American people and our military hostage. There is plenty of time on the table to fix this. March 5th is the deadline. And you can see Republicans already willing to do something about it as we speak.
And the last thing, point that I want to say is that look, Democrats, they owned all three branches of the government back in 2008 to 2011 and they still choose not to do anything. So at this point I am quite frustrated with the Democratic leadership.
While he sees the ugly partisanship the Democrats are displaying, Yanez also hopes that they’ll eventually come to the negotiating table and get a deal done.
I think at the end of the day you are looking at a president that’s all about results and it’s all about — at the end of the day, I think he needs to meet Democrats in the middle. And he is bringing this pathway to citizenship so that we can actually finally get something done immigration reform. At the end of the day in terms of legislation, you’re probably looking at one of the greatest presidents to get things done. I mean, look at the tax cuts. He got that done. Now he’s trying to do immigration reform. Now the next thing is infrastructure. So this guy, President Trump, is willing to work with Democrats but at the end the day it is the Democrats who don’t want to work with him.
During the interview Yanez also explains that he loves this country and he only wants the chance to serve it. “At the end of the day, when I hear the national anthem I get goosebumps all over me. I always pledged allegiance to the flag and I would never disrespect it. I would never take a knee and I would do anything to serve this country, to die for this country, and all I need is a chance,” he told Fox & Friends. It’s DREAMers like Yanez that are the reason President Trump is ready to extend amnesty, the question is… will the Democrats let him?