President Trump has announced he wants congress to replace DACA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Obama-era program allows the children of illegal immigrants to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation. On Brazos Valley This Morning, Congressman Bill Flores was asked how confidant he is congress will come up with a solution for 'Dreamers.'
“I think we’re in a position to take some substantive action on this so that we can provide these young people a path to legal status and possibly an extra step that gives them a path toward citizenship.” Flores went on to say “the real issue is the fact that DACA, which was implemented by President Obama, and a proceeding executive order called DAPA were both unconstitutional…so the president had to take some action to provide a pathway for congress to step up and do its job.” Flores says he spoke with the party leadership and feels confidant they will get something done.
As that issue makes its way to Capitol Hill, President Trump has repeatedly said that many of these 'Dreamers', which DACA protects are criminals and drug dealers but Flores disagrees.
“In any population of people, whether they’re citizens, non-citizens, legal, illegal, you’re going to have a population of criminals.” However, Flores believes the amount of criminals among the ‘Dreamer’ population is small. “I will tell you this, in this congressional district…we’ve got about 8,300 'Dreamers'. They’re some of the best young people that I know. I mean, they’re valedictorians of their high school classes, they’re valedictorians of their college classes.”
According to Flores, congress will vote Wednesday on a bill which he calls a down payment for Harvey relief. The bill is just under $8 billion and provides funding for FEMA to help people along with state and local governments. Flores expects there will be a second and third payment later on.
Congress also needs to complete their approval for the 2018 spending budget. Congressman Flores admits he has a busy few days ahead.