Local "Dreamers" react to Trump keeping DACA

EL PASO, Texas - President Trump has reversed course and decided to keep an Obama-era program aimed to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Throughout his presidential campaign Trump had pledged to get rid of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, known as DACA. Late Thursday the Department of Homeland Security announced the program would continue.

We spoke to Paola Rodriguez, who says she arrived in the United States when she was five years old, she is what you would call a "dreamer".

She says before DACA she had been living in fear.

"Since DACA I was able to travel and have a job and actually do things that I wanted to do," Rodriguez said.

She says President Trump's new position has given her hope.

"Doing that he shows he respects and he's aware of what students can bring to the economy," Rodriguez said.

But Dylan Corbett with the Hope Border Institute isn't convinced the President has had a change of heart.

"The Trump administration's entire reaction, their [MO] on immigration is political," Corbett said.

He says the new change in position was a pleasant surprise. Although he believes President Trump is now trying to appeal to a larger political audience by softening his stance on immigration.

"I think what we are seeing is contradictions," Corbett said.

For Rodriguez she hopes that DACA will be put into law so the President or future presidents can not easily take it away.


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