After Meeting With DHS Secretary, Rep. Gutiérrez Tells DACA and TPS Recipients to ‘Prepare for the Worst’

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The following is a Wednesday afternoon release from the office of Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), one of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members who met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. According to Gutiérrez’s office, “the closed door meeting that lasted more than an hour,” and “Sec. Kelly was questioned about the continuation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals); ICE arrests targeting the parents and family of children seeking refuge; detention and deportation of those with no criminal record and/or stays of deportation; the renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for numerous countries; and the deportation of U.S. veterans.”

Here is what Gutiérrez said in a statement after the meeting:

I think we have to prepare for the worst and get ready to fight mass deportation. We showed up at airports to fight the Muslim and Refugee Ban and now DREAMers and people who have lived here legally for decades with TPS are in imminent danger.

Secretary Kelly determines the future of TPS and basically told us he is not sure if he will extend it for hundreds of thousands of people. He also said that the future of DACA is up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, America’s leading advocate against immigration, so Kelly was basically telling us DACA is facing a death sentence. They actually want to take millions of people who are documented –with our own government– make them undocumented, and then go after them and their families.

So, I fear for anybody currently with DACA or TPS.

This was a wake-up call that Trump, Sessions and Kelly are serious about mass deportation and are anxious to get started. It is a call to action for people who oppose mass deportation and turning the documented into undocumented so that they can be deported.

Upon questioning, Sec. Kelly made it clear he does not understand how his agency works or how the Congress works. He stood by his past remarks that Congress should change the law if we don’t like it, as if Democrats have not been fighting Republican obstruction for years, and asking for a vote on immigration reform, the DREAM Act and other legislation. Sec. Kelly says it is up to Congress, but his party is the obstacle standing in the way of a modern immigration system.

Read the entire article at http://www.latinorebels.com/2017/07/12/after-meeting-with-dhs-secretary-rep-gutierrez-tells-daca-and-tps-recipients-to-prepare-for-the-worst/

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