It’s no secret that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly sees himself as a defender of DACA members. Even after a recent wave of DACA recipients being detained by ICE, which seemed to contradict the “great heart” President Trump promised to show DACA recipients, Kelly was quick to defend the actions of the Department of Homeland Security.
According to Business Insider, Secretary Kelly recently had a contentious meeting with House Democrats and reportedly told them, “If you don’t like the law we are enforcing, and I don’t like many of them, please, please, please change the law.” Kelly said he was “best thing that happened to DACA,” adding, “I can guarantee you we’re not going after kids that are fully DACA qualified. Give me a break will you?”
In a separate interview, Secretary Kelly doubled down on his reassurances to DACA recipients, saying “the least of my worries, right now, anyone that falls under the general category of DACA.”
Secretary Kelly reminded reporters that he has more pressing issues to deal with than DACA recipients, saying, “I have a lot of things on my plate, a lot of criminals to apprehend and deport that are here illegally.” Secretary Kelly then laid out his role in the whole deportation conversation, saying, “I don’t deport anyone. ICE doesn’t deport anyone. The law deports people.” Secretary Kelly again stated that the least of his “worries are undocumented, illegal aliens who are living lives.”
While Kelly’s words might sound like a kind of olive-branch to the immigrant community, the definition of “criminal” has broadened under the Trump administration, leaving many immigrants to avoid simple things like going to church, school, or even the doctor.
For now, the best thing every immigrant can do is be aware of their rights.
If You Have DACA Or Are Undocumented: Know Your Rights
Posted by We are mitú on Tuesday, December 13, 2016