As Hurricane Harvey barreled down on Texas, Donald Trump targeted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. 800,000 young people are now awaiting Trump’s decision as to whether the former reality show star will end the Obama-era program.
That didn’t sit well with Houston’s police chief on Sunday as he warned that the country’s debate about immigration could have a negative impact on the city’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, according to The Hill.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said on ABC’s “This Week” that the “ugliness” of the immigration debate could hurt the city as it tries to rebuild and recover in the wake of the hurricane which devastated the city.
“So many homes have been damaged and some beyond repair, in our state. And then you add on top of that all the issues with the immigration debate and all the ugliness of that,” Acevedo said.
“I was mentioning to somebody yesterday, a state official, that was pushing this anti-immigration ugly narrative,” he continued. “I asked him, ‘Now what are you going to tell the American people, when we’ve scared away so many hard-working people?'”
Houston PD Chief on DACA debate amid Harvey: What do you tell the American public “when we’ve scared away so many hard-working people?” pic.twitter.com/ASOtFK7I75
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 3, 2017
The so-called president is expected to issue a decision on DACA, which temporarily prevents people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as minors from being deported.
It’s not just Democrats who are pushing Trump to not terminate the program, but Republicans, too, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“I actually don’t think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” Ryan said on Friday.
While Texas is underwater, Trump decided to create even more chaos. A Houston teenager whose home was flooded by Harvey said that her family faces possible further devastation if Trump ends the DACA program.
2.11 million Hispanics reside in the Houston metropolitan area; 41 percent were foreign-born.
Note to our readers: Please share/tweet our articles. Trump supporting trolls targeted our accounts and reported them en masse, without cause. This triggered seemingly automatic suspensions. Twitter support has failed to address this issue. Thank you!
Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2017 DeepStateNation.com