Quigley Reminds DREAMers to Renew Their Status & Shares Chicago DACA Recipient’s Story
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), released the following statement on today’s DACA status renewal deadline. Following President Trump’s callous decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, October 5 will be the last day to renew one’s registration before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stops accepting renewal requests. Rep. Quigley encourages all IL-05 DREAMers, especially those whose benefits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, to check on the status of their registration.
“I’ve met with numerous Chicagoland DACA recipients, like Guadalupe, to hear how the termination of this program would alter their lives and threaten their futures,” said Rep. Quigley. “I encourage all DACA recipients, who are boosting our economy, serving our communities, and strengthening the American Dream, to take necessary action regarding today’s deadline. In Congress, I will continue fighting to protect these hardworking, passionate young people from partisan attacks and deportation.”
In a series of videos, Rep. Quigley is sharing the personal stories of several DACA recipients who live in Chicago and have benefitted from the program. Watch Rep. Quigley’s conversation with Guadalupe, a high school junior who was brought to the U.S. when she was just three years old:
Click here for the video or see full transcript below.
QUIGLEY: Hi, I'm Congressman Mike Quigley and I'm here today with Guadalupe from Bensenville, Illinois. She is currently a junior at Fenton High School and hopes to, one day, be a paramedic. Thank you so much for being here today to share your personal experience as a DACA recipient and sharing that with everyone watching today. You've lived in the United States since you were three years old.
QUIGLEY: And this is your home, right?
GUADALUPE: Yes, this is my home my whole life I've been living here and America is all I know. I have no memory of Mexico. I've been here since I was three years old. This is home.
QUIGLEY: How would you describe America and what it means to you?
GUADALUPE: Well, America is the land of freedom and my mom came here to give us the American Dream just like anybody else.
QUIGLEY: I get it. As a DACA recipient, what's your long-term dream?
GUADALUPE: To have a career. When I heard that DACA -- that Trump took away DACA -- I was devastated. I started crying because I was so scared that I wouldn't be able to become an EMT. That's been my dream since I was five.
QUIGLEY: You want to take care of people?
GUADALUPE: Yeah. I love taking care of people. I love interacting with people. I love helping people and being there for them. And I want to do that and hope I still can.
QUIGLEY: If the President was sitting here instead of me -- in the most respectful way you can -- what would your message be to him?
GUADALUPE: Well, I honestly wouldn't even speak to him.
QUIGLEY: Well, if you were to speak to the public about what your message would be, what would that be?
GUADALUPE: I would probably tell them that I'm not going to do any harm. I'm not here to take away anybody's jobs. I'm not here to commit any crimes. I'm here to live the American Dream. I'm here to raise my baby. I'm here to live my dream of being an EMT and that's all I want. I want a career. I want to live in America because this is home.
QUIGLEY: Well we want to give you that chance. Thank you so much for doing this. Take care.
GUADALUPE: Thank you.