A Mexican native whose mother brought him to America at age 1 said that President Trump has shown “leadership and compassion” toward DACA recipients like himself, while Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have used them as “pawns.”
Hilario Yanez, who goes by Eli, praised Trump’s efforts to secure the United Sates with a border wall and ensure a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
“At the end of the day, here’s a guy who wants to provide a pathway to citizenship for myself and, you know, really make a difference in my life,” Yanez said of President Trump. “I’m for that. Also, I believe we need to have border security so this doesn’t happen again.”
“And if a wall is necessary to provide another layer for border security to do their job in a safe and responsible manner, then, you know, I think it’s necessary to fund it,” he continued. “The diversity lottery — I think it’s outdated, I think it’s time for people who want to come to the United States to focus on skills so they can contribute to the American economy.”
Fox News reports:
Yanez said top Democrats have “no clear message” on immigration policy, other than to “us[e] us as pawns.”
“They never should have shut down the government over DACA,” he said, mentioning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) by name. “There is plenty of time on the table to fix this. March 5 is the deadline.”
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Yanez said he gets “goosebumps” when he hears the “Star-Spangled Banner” and said he would never take a knee like some athletes have, and declared a willingness to serve in the armed forces if asked.