People brought to the U.S. as children, and here illegally, are just trying to make their way. That's what U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago) said during a conference call to discuss what they call the economic benefit of DACA and DAPA. Those are a pair of executive-action programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents.
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Illinoisan Chirayu Patel came here from India as a child. “The work authorization that I received through DACA has enabled me to secure full-time work that utilizes my professional skill set and has allowed me to better integrate my daily life in Illinois,” he said in joining Durbin and Gutierrez.
“It just defies a description,” Durbin said, “to hear the stories of these young people and what they’re doing with their lives and aspire to do for our country and believe the Republican position is they could be deported. Deported!”
Gutierrez said President Obama would veto any bill that would counteract his executive orders.