RALEIGH, N.C. -- The saga continues for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who are waiting to hear if the country's DACA program will remain in place.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been in limbo since President Trump announced he was sunsetting it.
One North Carolina congressman was in Raleigh Wednesday to say its time for action when it comes to DACA.
“I promise you, if it was brought to the floor tomorrow, it would be done,” says Rep. David Price, a democrat representing North Carolina’s Fourth District. “It would pass. It would pass.
In September 2017 President Trump's administration said DACA would be phased out. Since then, there has been a flurry of court cases, and fights in support and against the idea. A court case heard Wednesday in Texas has seven states asking to end the program immediately. This stance that concerns some “dreamers”.
“I think a lot of people lose sight of that,” says Miriam Amado, a dreamer. “That the lives of a lot of other people hang behind those papers people sign, and behind those policies that people pass.”
“The problem you run into is when you start seeing a growing group of people who take on the child separation issue, families who unify or take on the DACA issue, then they want to talk about everything,” says Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Tillis agrees, there needs to be action, but says folks need to narrow their focus because comprehensive immigration reform is where disagreements lie. He says he believes there is support for the idea of some sort of path to citizenship, even if it is DACA as we know it today.
“There are a number of people who support it in principle, but when they go back home, they don't do a very good job explaining why it is balanced and why it makes sense,” says Tillis. “Giving a path to citizenship to 1.8 million, some adults, some still minors, who came across the border with their parents illegally, I think is a reasonable compromise for the DACA population.”