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Cleveland, OH – Gov. John Kasich weighed in this weekend on Trump’s pending “decision,” expected tomorrow, about cancelling or continuing the DACA program. But so far, Attorney General and Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine has been silent.
Referencing the story of Jesus Contreras, a Houston-area paramedic working in the Hurricane Harvey recovery and relief efforts, who is also a DACA recipient, Kasich wrote on Twitter: “People like Mr. Contreras deserve thanks.@POTUS needs to give Dreamers certainty that USA is home.” News reports also indicate that another DACA recipient, Alonso Guillen, lost his life saving others in Hurricane Harvey’s path.
Kasich links to a Buzzfeed article about Contreras:
In between rescuing people and helping people who needed dialysis, insulin, or reach life-saving medical machines, Contreras didn’t have a lot of time to think about himself. That changed when he came home on Thursday to shower and saw the news that President Trump may end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The Obama-era program protects undocumented immigrants who, like Contreras, were brought to the US as children from deportation, while also granting them permits to legally work.
“Hearing that my future in the United States is being threatened and possibly taken away was disheartening, it was disappointing,” the 23-year-old said. “It was like getting an extra kick to the face when you’re already down.”
Said Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio’s Voice:
Kasich is right; America is Mr. Contreras’ home and we should embrace him as an American rather than threatening his future.
We appreciate Kasich’s statement, and need clarity from other Ohio leaders. Attorney General Mike DeWine helped create the conditions for this manufactured crisis over DACA. He got our state involved in the original lawsuit that Texas is threatening to amend to attack DACA. We need to know where he stands on DACA and Texas’ gamesmanship. If Attorney General DeWine thinks Texas is wrong to threaten DACA, he needs to say so and withdraw our state from this misguided lawsuit. Thousands of Ohio Dreamers and their families deserve to know where he stands and what he’s going to do about it.
In addition to Kasich, numerous other Republicans and key constituencies have called on the President to preserve DACA:
DeWine would be in good company if he stood up for Dreamers and told Texas and the President that they should stop threatening to kill DACA. From his fellow Republicans, to Democrats like Reps. Kaptur and Tim Ryan, and yes to the American people, there is strong support for the policy and the people behind it. All it takes is a little leadership from our leaders to keep the program in place.
In fact, there is absolutely no reason that President Trump has to make any change to DACA tomorrow or any other day. As Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, said:
The debate over the future of DACA remains a manufactured crisis in response to an artificial deadline set by Texas state AG Ken Paxton and his hardline allies. Our country’s elected officials, especially President Trump and statewide leaders in Texas, should be focused on Hurricane Harvey emergency response and recovery, not ending the popular and successful DACA program in accordance to this false deadline.
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