During a recent Town Hall hosted by CNN, House Speaker Paul Ryan took a number of questions from the audience regarding the newly inaugurated Trump presidency.

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“Do you think that I should be deported?"

Angelica Villalobos.pngOne of these questions came from DREAMer Angelica Villalobos, who was brought to the USA at the age of 11 “through no fault of her own”, as CNN’s Jake Tapper emphasized. Angelica stood up next to her young daughter, and addressed Mr. Ryan soberly. Her question was simple and to the point:

“Do you think that I should be deported, and many other families in my situation?”

Mr. Ryan was immediately reassuring to her, saying: “No, Angelica. First of all I can see that you love your daughter; you’re a nice person that has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future’s here. I’ll even repeat the sentiment that our incoming President says: (undocumented criminals are) a problem he wants to focus on. This is not the focus.”

DACA Under New Trump Administration

Mr. Ryan hinted a possible modifications to the law to accommodate DACA recipients when he said: “What we have to do is find a way to make sure you get right with the law, and we’ve got to do this in a good way so that the rug doesn’t get pulled from under you, and your family doesn’t get separated.”

He added, “I’m sure you’re a great contributor to (your) community”, and finally reassured Ms. Villalobos saying, “If you’re worried about some deportation force knocking on your door this year, don’t worry about that.”

Let’s all hope that Mr. Ryan’s message indeed represents the government’s intentions of veering away from the more hard-line campaign promises and instead searching humane, compassionate solutions to a complex human issue such as DACA recipient’s future.

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MBJ Staff

Written by MBJ Staff