President Biden invites 6 DACA recipients to White House

Astou Thiane, a New York educator and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, recaps her visit to the White House and shares her thoughts on two DACA bills now before Congress.
3:41 | 05/15/21

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Immigration today president Biden met with six so called dreamers these are people who were brought to the United States illegally as children it. At a been allowed to live and work here under the deferred action for childhood arrivals program known as doc cut. It President Obama enacted it through executive action and now president biting and it is trying to get docket codified into law he is pressing the senate to pass a pair of house bills. That would do just that. Asked in China is an educator in New York in one of those six doctor recipients who met with the president today she joins us tonight. Is John thank you for being here I understand that you just walked out of the west when a few moments ago can you tell us about your conversation with the president what he's saying what do you have the talent. Thank you can learn the president just affirmed the fact that this is a nation in his hands and that man is built. To be a refuge for immigrants and while he's also. Until I had the opportunity to share with him my story I'm coming from Senegal. Growing up in the United States in being here. Actually sounds seven years old. I also have the opportunity to share with him my own experience I navigating gates a college. As an undocumented but he met. And have the opportunity to share about my current life support being in working with the beautiful families and students in Brooklyn. With and can I see specifically. Well composed of who many of them are composed. Caribbean and he and actually anything. And now you there on the north lawn of the White House and spend quite a journey for sure coming Aaron seven and MMI correct in hearing that. You were even really aware of your immigration status and so you were high school. So I knew that I didn't have my papers I didn't understand the full weight of what that would mean I'm in terms of what how I would get to college. Without a Social Security left. Shows that seventeen I was grappling with all these things. You're one of about 700000. Dreamers in the United States what would it mean to you and to so many others if the senate were to pass those to doctor bills and are you hopeful that that can happen. I absolutely and I'm hopeful because we are here this is our home. I'm it would mean that I haven't really be able to have the tools we need to lead full lives. Would be able to have ultimate relief from being able to know that home would never be taken away and so I am it's something million unique. The senate to act on because ultimately I want to be able to. Let me know I'm in return to my school and be able to tell my students and my feelings that we're here to say and that you know there's a path forward fax. This is of course very divided time in the country right now but doctors actually shown to have pretty overwhelming support in the US from the public. Course not everybody is all the way on board in the argument against it tends to be the fact that. We're a nation of laws we can't make exceptions and this is only got a further encouragement already immigration crisis. What do you say to the people who feel that what. I think titles folks that ultimately we are here we are contributing toys at communities. Some of us are leaving schools some of us are showing every gate to respond tackled in nineteen. Crises. And ultimately at dinner they were still Americans and so. We need this this legislation the move forward so that we can again be able to. Lead Fuller lives and be able to I'm do normal things at all Americans able to to be able to participated. Asked to John joining us from the north lawn of the White House was John thanks for your time of the enjoy your time in Washington. Thank you so much Evans take care.

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