After Democrats tried strong arming Republicans into a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congress has yet to reach a deal on it.
Now, two ‘Dreamers’ are threatening to leave the country… and we’re kind of hoping they hold to their promise.
Daniela Velez went on CNN and said she and her sister, Alex, “are both over” the whole controversy. Should the DACA policy end, Daniela, who is 24, said she will “close my business, leave work and school.”
“In September, President Donald Trump announced he would end DACA and left it up to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to come up with a workable alternative. But so far, little progress has been made as the March 5 deadline looms in the not-too-distant future,” reports the IJR.
Congress’ deadline is March 5th and Alex Velez’s, 19, status expires just the next day.
“I will leave. I will leave America as soon as possible,” she said. “I want to be able to leave on my terms. I’m not going to be waiting for anyone to come for me.”
Alex Velez is a Dreamer. She says she will leave the U.S. if a DACA deal isn’t reached. “Not having citizenship … it's not something that's going to define me. Being illegal isn't defining me.” https://t.co/6hIZpE4QFg pic.twitter.com/zlqto1bJEy
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) February 8, 2018
Alex “invested $10,000 in her college tuition and has collected two years’ worth of academic credits in her training to become a veterinary technician. She’d also have to quit her job at clothing store Forever 21, where she was recently promoted,” the IJR report continued.
“In all honesty, it is scary to think about leaving,” she admitted. “My mom cried for the first time since we talked about our situation. She’s a positive person and is hoping that something good will happen for us.”
The sisters came from Venezuela when they were around 4 and 9 years old, on visitor visas, and overstayed.
Alex claims she never knew she was in the US illegally until her middle school years. “Most of my school friends still don’t know about my situation,” she noted.
The Velez family currently resides in a one-bedroom apartment in Burlington, New Jersey.