WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The future of young immigrants in the United States is in a state of flux. Lawmakers in Washington are working to hatch a plan that would allow Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to remain in the U.S. In September the Trump administration cut the Obama-era program that expires March 5. Recipients remain unsure about their status as the deadline looms.
Paola Muñoz says she fears for the well-being of her family everyday protections for dreamers remain uncertain.
“I’m not able to say, ‘well next month I’m going to buy a house,’ because we have this uncertainty. We live in uncertainty every single day,” said Paola Muñoz a Bolivian national who came to the U.S. illegally with her family at the age of 11.
Now 28, Munoz says the lack of clarity ruins lives as Dreamers await possible legislation to solidify their status in the States.
“If I go back to Bolivia, I’m going to be completely lost,” said Muñoz.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) would not agree to a budget deal without guaranteed protection for dreamers. She says she is optimistic one will be reached despite obstruction from some.
“We try to do our job and work together but then we’re blocked in moving forward in a bipartisan way either by the White House or by leadership here,” said Cortez Masto.
She says bipartisan legislation should be crafted without interference from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Trump. Some Republicans say their approval is vital.
“I want to know how they feel on these discussions to make sure that whatever we pass out of the Senate will be acceptable,” said Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).
Heller says there is no point in crafting legislation that will not be signed into law. He says he wants a bill that protects Dreamers and U.S. borders.
“We can solve those two problems. If we make it too complicated we’re going to have a lot of problems trying to get something passed,” said Heller.
Both Senators say they want legislation signed well before the March 5 expiration date to provide certainty for Dreamers.