Heartland residents speak out about DACA
OTTUMWA, IOWA —
President Donald Trump’s recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving it up to Congress to decide what to do next, has left many Hispanic residents in the area concerned. These Dreamers who were brought illegally to America by their parents are worried they’ll have to leave the country.
This weekend, during Market on Main Street’s Latino Festival in Ottumwa, KTVO had the chance to talk to a few people about their opinion on DACA and whether the Dreamers have a right to be here.
“I think that the president’s put it back in the hands of Congress and they’ve got an opportunity now to get it right so that families don’t get dislocated and put this back together,” said Sheri Locke.
“We’re talking about kids who are successful, who are providing good things to the economy. We’re not talking about trouble-makers or anything. These are kids that a lot of them are professionals, a lot of them have a secure job, but because of them not being born here, they’re not going to be able to have that anymore, and I think they have the right to have their dreams be fulfilled,” said Yordan Fuentes.
“It’s a good idea, especially for people who want to better themselves, you know, they want to go to school, and have a good opportunity to become something with education, and you know to better themselves. But, unfortunately people will abuse them. Instead of going to school they decide to drop out of school and get a job and just have a bunch of kids, so that’s my disagreement. But, I think DACA is a good idea for people who to go to school,” said Letti Villeda.
“These are children who were brought here as young people – maybe five, six seven-years-old – and this is the only country they’ve ever known. And so, they feel like they’re Americans here and if they had to go back to where they were born, in their country, I think they would not understand that country’s methods etcetera,” said Irene Munoz.
The discussion on DACA is not over in Ottumwa. The Ottumwa School Board is set to talk about a resolution on Dreamers during its meeting Monday night.