Rally to Defend DACA in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE -- People gathered on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre today to defend the DACA program.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy started by the Obama administration in 2012.

It protects those who came to the U.S. illegally as children, referred to as Dreamers, and gives them permits to stay for two years.

President Trump has said he would decide on Tuesday whether or not to end the program.

The possible deportation of thousands of immigrants who came to this country as children has many around the country feeling betrayed.

"No one should be fearful that their family is gonna be taken away. No one should be fearful that when they come to this country and be part of it and work hard that they should be chastised for it. That's why I'm here. We're America. We don't do that to our own," said Angel Jirau of Wilkes-Barre.

Trump recently said, "I love Dreamers."

The president's announcement was supposed to be over the holiday weekend but was pushed back.

56 comments

  • sick of fake news

    “No one should be fearful their family is gonna be taken away.” Of course, they should be worried that if they are here illegally they could be deported. Otherwise, we’re a nation governed by ‘fuzzy feelings’ instead of the rule of law. Besides, there is nothing whatsoever stopping the entire family from returning to their country of origin. It’s those here illegally that are responsible for breaking up their family. They can all go back and keep their family intact. It’s their choice, but they don’t want to make that sacrifice. That’s on them. Not law-abiding Americans.
    Besides, where is the concern for families being torn apart when a loved one is killed by someone here illegally? Those family members are permanently ‘taken away’. Wise up leftie. You don’t like the immigration laws? Tough. Every single country on the planet has laws governing who gets to enter it and how. Why should the U.S. be any different?

    Maybe you and all the other lefites like Tim Cook and all the Silicon Valley Billionaires who are anti-Trump and pro-illegal immigration should sponsor these DACA kids and their families. Let them foot the public school bill to pay for bilingual education, the extra classrooms needed, the extra teachers that have to be hired, the extra school equipment that has to be purchased because these kids are brought into the country illegally. Not to mention all the social services, food stamps and all the other tax-payer subsidized benefits these illegal immigrants get. It’s easy to be compassionate with someone else’s money. YOU pay for it libs. I’ll be happy to send you my tax bill. And spare me the complete BS about how they pay taxes. IF they do, it’s not nearly enough to offset all the costs associated with them being here–not only the school costs and the public assistance costs, but the additional law-enforcement costs for dealing with the ‘bad dudes’ as Trump would say. They’re not all sweet little hard-working angels like you libs pretend. Wise up.

  • Robert

    I don’t even know why I post here, but what the heck. Here is the narrative in a nut shell as best I can.
    Those that entered this country illegally gave birth to children, or brought children with them that have/had no clue about the rule of law. Under the Obama presidency these children (older now) were given the opportunity to register with the federal government. In congress this was identified as the dream act. Congress failed to act upon this. By executive action, the deportation of this group was deferred. To qualify under DACA, children of illegal aliens underwent vetting and registration. They put their trust in our government. By his own admission president Obama acknowledged the unconstitutionality of this executive order, but with no action by congress it stood. That is the preamble. Now comes Trump. I don’t care what you think of Trump. He ran his campaign on immigration reform. He won the election, and is going line by line of his campaign promises in order to establish his credibility. Now I understand that were working with a 50/50 voter base here, and half of those that read this are inclined to oppose Trump just because he exists. I’m not trying to change your mind, just identify to you what exactly is going on here. THE RULE OF LAW!
    Are we a nation of laws or not. If we are, there is only one path to making this group of constitutionally illegal occupants legal. Congress! If we are not then we can find ourselves persecuted at the whim of the next president. If that’s the kind of land you wish to live in, then personally I say good luck to you. However, I would caution against a emotional based legal system. Me personally, it is congress that has the solution to this dilemma and I give credit to the president for his decision to end DACA in 6 months. It is to easy to isolate and condemn a single individual while those without term limits walk the tight rope to gain votes in order to maintain their right to status in Shangri-La (Washington DC). Trump is the guy throwing stones at a glass house. Like it or not. If you want illegals under DACA to stay, then contact your federal representative in congress. Do so relentlessly. If all your going to do is just criticize President Trump on DACA your ignorant of our system of government. Good Luck.

  • Mare Z

    Now that President Trump and Jeff Sessions overturned DACA, how long will it take to clear-out our cities of these illegal parasites? THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP!!! #MAGA
    One last thing; will Barry Soetero aka Barack HUSSEIN Obama be arrested and put on trial for breaking the Laws of OUR LAND??!!

    • Robert

      DACA is not about the scum that courses threw our cities. DACA was the result of a republican controlled congress and senate that failed to act and the voters that neglect their civic duties.

      • sick of fake news

        You don’t mention that the Dems had both the House, Senate and White House at the beginning of Obama’s term yet did NOTHING to codify DACA.

      • Robert

        Yea, I wonder about that. Why go half way. They pushed the ACA threw, The Dream Act should have been small beans. This could have gone threw under the radar of Nancy’s spectacular statement, “You have to pass it to see what’s in it”. My only though was the looming elections and bringing amnesty to the political forefront. I’m guessing if they knew they were going to hand over the congress and the senate to republicans they would have passed the dream act as well.

  • sick of fake news

    Once again fake news WNEP doesn’t report the WHOLE truth. Tom Williams reports about attorneys general threatening to sue Trump if he DOES end DACA without reporting that there are at least 10 AGs also threatening to sue his administration if he DOESN’T end it. Only reporting half the story is FAKE NEWS! Wise up.

    • Mare Z

      I agree 1000%, Scranton and the surrounding areas ought to know better; all one need do is look at what’s happened to the North, South, and West sides of Scranton. When I come to Scranton, many times I think I’m in NYC; downtown looks like the League of Nations. Then the city officials wonder why crime has risen and remains on the increase.
      Maybe if Scranton and the Mid-Valley area brought-in some good businesses, they might see an increase of the ethnic families that once flourished in these areas. When they start building Section 8 housing, they had better know that outsiders are coming to rent those places and to sign-up to every freebie the area has to offer.
      Bring the manufacturing and even hi-tech jobs back, and they will most definitely draw the original inhabitants back to the area and will notice a decrease in crime. Put the police back on the beat, too.

  • magicmikexxsm

    There are a lot of poor and disadvantaged children born in America that have dreams also…These stooges for the left would rather see your tax dollars go to help illegal aliens kids, instead of poor disadvantaged American kids that need a hand up

    • sick of fake news

      Send Mexico the bill for having to take care of THEIR citizens. Or let these bleeding heart liberals pay for it. I am all for LEGAL immigration but whoever comes here needs to CONTRIBUTE to the country, not TAKE from it. There should be a 10-year ban on any foreign-born resident receiving any type of govt assistance. Stop the welfare and free hand-out magnet so they’re not as motivated to cross the border legally or illegally,

    • Writer Girl

      So true, but Americans are supposed to help themselves. These people are white trash and welfare slobs to the people who want to help illegals. My sister called me today in tears, as she spent the holiday in the ER for sever arthritis, even though she’s only 55 and on medicine. Had to miss a day of work. I can guarantee you, no one will make it up for her or pay her mortgage if she loses her job, but we’ll bend over backwards to let foreigners have a good life here. Also have two cousins right in the path of Irma. Boarding up their homes and leaving temporarily. Guess what? No one will reimburse them, either. Sickening.

  • Lance

    If they were here all this time, why didn’t they just ask for citzenship . Take the test etc. It seems only we they are faced with deportation that a fire seems to be lit under them. Take the test apply something. Dont expect to be granted citizenship. Its not fair for the others who go through the process

    • Robert

      Because you don’t get apply for citizenship and live until it is granted or denied in the USA. They where here illegally and don’t just get to ask for it. You go to the American consular in your HOME COUNTRY and apply. You stay in your home county until the process in complete, then you migrate. The parents of these born in America kids screwed their children! Don’t you get it? The problem that I have with eliminating DACA is Obama promised them special consideration if they identified themselves. In other words they put themselves on a list in good faith. Obama should have taken care of this before he left office. He didn’t. And now we see the problems of ruling by executive order.

      • what.

        Actually, Obama did exactly as much as was in his power to do at the time. Congress blocked any legislation from being heard before he left office. Obama doesn’t pass laws all on his own. And DACA is the test. Kid who had no choice in the matter ended up in the United States, they seized the opportunity to stay by being model citizens and declaring themselves, and now the current administration is choosing to deport them rather than make them real citizens. There’s no reason for this, they’ve passed background checks, served in the military, worked here… there’s no reason to deport them.

      • Robert

        To be clear this was a response to Lance’s simple take on the DACA. It was not to make a statement to a knowledgeable person prepared to engage in a debate. My point was the pitfalls of ruling by executive order. To take such action leaving it open to counter action by the next president’s authority was risky in my opinion. I understand that congress declined to pass the DREAM act. However, given the toxic political environment when the deferment was ordered I can’t help to think this was Obama (and constituents) were putting another pawn into play and I find that just as despicable as voting to repeal the ACA for 7 years and when you get a president that will pass it, they all choke.
        I find it disgusting! I didn’t investigate what the 6 month delay entails, but I will in time. So I’m not going to object to Trumps decree based upon what the news media is reporting until I am knowledgeable of the details. You may be preaching to the choir.

  • Did you ever eat a vegetable?

    This current illegal immigration situation had its start in California in the mid part of the last century. The big agricultural companies needed cheap labor to work the massive fields when Americans made it clear they were unwilling to do the hard labor. These big companies contributed heavily to the politicians in Washington to look the other way on what everyone knew was illegal immigration. We all have blood on our hands. The situation as it currently exists is the result.

    • Robert

      Actually your very mistaken on the beginnings of the ‘wink and a nod boarder policies’. It began after the start of WWI, when we had a labor shortage due to a large percentage of the Americans being shipped overseas to fight a war. The immigration of Mexicans was fine until the great depression era when Americans were unemployed then it became a problem. The scenario repeated itself during WWII, and culminated with operation wetback and president Eisenhower.
      Prior to WWI there wasn’t much of a problem. Many Mexicans that lived for generations in the SW United states didn’t even know they were Americans. They just lived there. You fools need to learn some history instead of inventing it. Another case of a wantabe conservative Spouting leftist crap and has no clue. If your going to wilkipedia stuff read all the links. Better yet, learn history!

    • CeeMe

      Only partly true. It’s so easy to walk into our country, because all we have is signs saying don’t come in. Once everyone around the globe, mostly, but not only Mexico, knew all they had to do was get here, they came in droves.
      In case you still don’t get it, they thumbed their noses at us and said, we’re coming for our good life, at the expense of your taxpayers.

    • sick of fake news

      Got it wrong, pal. Stop spouting the left-wind diatribes about no American wanting to do the labor. They’d do it if the wages were higher. The point is that illegal importation of cheap labor holds down wages for the everybody because if businesses can find people to work for peanuts (i.e. illegal immigrants) than they don’t have to raise the pay to a level where LEGAL American citizens of whatever ethnic background would do it. Stop using that lame excuse because it’s pure BS if you understood basic economic theory. More supply of labor from illegal immigrants cause the price of that resource (labor) to be lower. That’s how it works. Wise up.

  • Go Trump!

    Heck, look back at history. All immigrants had to stop at Ellis Iland and we’re quarentined for weeks and tested for dieases and parasites and such. If they failed, they were sent back to their country. They need to still do that kind of thing. I realize there are vaccines now but they need to come up with something instead of letting just anyone in this country.

    • what.

      What they came up with was DACA because Congress wouldn’t hear legislation on the subject, leaving executive order the only option. You want to deport adults who chose to come here? Sure, fine, whatever. But DACA is for children who were brought here, passed background checks, acted as model citizens in this country, and declared themselves. They weren’t given the option to go to Ellis Island, the DACA program is their Ellis Island.

      • Mare Z

        Like many others before them, my grandparents came to America the correct way ‘legal’ way.
        I couldn’t care less how long a person has been residing in our nation nor do I care about their age; if they’re here illegally, they have to leave, and there shouldn’t be any exceptions. Just as everyone else who sought to become American citizens, they have to go through a process in order to be here ‘legally.’
        I believe all potential citizens ought to be required to speak English, and should speak English when they’re in public;
        just as my grandparents, they can use their native-origin tongue when they’re within the privacy of their home.
        Any potential citizen ought to do this willingly if they truly want to be accepted. Potential citizens should be willing to have their criminal and medical background vetted since this too is also vitally important.
        Additionally, all potential citizens should have some form of work experience or career; our nation cannot afford to put able-bodied individuals and their families on government assistance.

      • sick of fake news

        Total lie and more fake news. Look at the FACTS. DEMS had both the House and Senate when Obama was elected. They could have enacted DACA legislation then but didn’t. Then Obama does something unconstitutional with this executive order which the Supreme Court would overturn anyway if the AGs file their threatened lawsuit. Trump is only doing what he should have done even sooner.

  • Go Trump!

    All illegals should be deported, period. They bring all kinds of bad stuff with them. Diseases, drugs, etc. That includes all children that were born in this country to illegal aliens. Just because they were born here doesn’t make them citizens especially when the parents are illegal aliens. This country is in such an uproar over everything President Trump does cuz he’s trying to do the right thing to fix this country and the media is aweful cuz they only show negative stuff and make it sound way worse than it is. Thank God Trump got voted in. Just imagine what this country would be like if Hilary Clinton got in. She was all about HER own agendas and following what Obummer was about.

    • CeeMe

      So true. Two illegals don’t equal a legal child. Our immigrations laws say so and our constitution has been twisted by liberal idiots.

    • what.

      I will. I’ve got a sectional couch that will sleep two? I mean, they already have jobs or are students though, so they don’t need my place. And they’ve already passed background checks in order to be eligble and remain in the country, so it’s a safer bet than AirBnB guests. Sounds like you need to read up on what DACA really is.

      • Writer Girl

        Go for it, Robert! Inform the government, local, state and feds, of what you’re doing, so they can take away my tax help and tax you double. It’s great for you to put your money where your mouth is, unlike so many other “protesters.”

      • Robert

        I’m rather confident your getting most if not all of your taxes returned to you in the form of direct deposit WRITER GIRL. I on the other hand do not. Perhaps the government gains interest on your temporary deferment of income, but that’s the way it goes. Your inferring I’m a protester of some sort, but that’s unfounded. Your speculation betrays your inability to make sound decisions based upon the emotional nature of your being. I simply acknowledge the immigration system of the United States is and has been screwed up for generations and as a result we are left with a dilemma. I promote the idea of nations having borders and laws. Enforcing those borders and laws. However, there exists a group of people that have been victimized by our foolishness and greed. I don’t think they should be ignored. This is what I consider the gray zone. The gray zone to me is the are where common senses exists. To much is insane. To little equally insane.
        The answer eludes me, but does not lay in the realm of emotion entirely.

  • Mike

    Nobody that came legally are being sent anywhere. Elected officials take an oath to enforce them. If they don’t like them then change them. Until then do their job and enforce the ones on the books.

  • i feel betrayed

    “The possible deportation of thousands of immigrants who came to this country as children has many around the country feeling betrayed.” Kind of like many around that have served this country in the military feel betrayed when someone that came here illegally gets better medical and financial treatment than they do. True, these ‘children’ didn’t ask to be here – and I didn’t ask or want to support them. There should not be one unemployed or homeless veteran as long as one illegal walks the soil of this country. We all know this was / is a ploy from Obozo and the Dems to get the sympathetic vote and eventually dilute the American citizenry.

  • CeeMe

    Stupid white people with too much time on their hands, who should pay for the DACA kids, if they love them so much.

  • Writer Girl

    Hey Angel, DACA’s aren’t “one of our own.” Their parents, who were counting on scamming the system and thumbing their nose at our country’s laws, are the ones to blame for this, not this country. They should all be deported. Work doesn’t equal citizenship or a free ride. They benefit from their work, more than we do. Those jobs should be held by Americans. It’s time to take our country back, as it belongs to citizens, not the world who come from loser countries. If the protesters are so adamant about DACA and illegal immigration, they should have the government tax them twice, so they can fulfill their dream of saving the world at everyone else’s expense.

  • magicmikexxsm

    headline should say Stupid people rally for law breakers…….and you wonder why America is going into the toilet….

  • Dave

    I think the protester’s should pay our percentage of taxes if they want to house them in the US. I never voted for any of this in the first place…..Did any of you have a chance to vote for this ?…… That’s right, no choice was ever given !

  • WarningFakeNews

    Where is the really to defend the right of our country to have meaningful and effective immigration policies and borders going to be? That’s the one I would like to attend.

    • get out and vote

      It’s called your local polling place. Find out who your elected officials are – find out what their stance is on immigration and the issues that concern you. Then – vote with an educated head.

  • Commen Sense

    Go home. My school taxes are a nightmare. Another obama act of sabotage.
    We’re tired of paying for you to dream

    • Look in the Mirror

      Your school taxes are a nightmare because the GOP has allowed corporations and billionaires like Trump to not pay taxes. If they did , your life would be better and they’d feel absolutely no pain.

      • prudens

        aaaahhhhh how many Billionaires live in scranton? how about millionairs? none?… we can’t collect property taxes from Trump! He dosn’t live in Scranton …and I know the Scranton school district is in $29 million debt…..the one thing I do know, is there’s plenty of people in Scranton that don’t have to pay taxes and they still get to send their kids to school…..

      • Eric Barton

        Riddle me this Batman. Every school district sets the tax rate for the properties in their own district. Why is it the Democrat controlled city districts are in the worst shape even though they already have the highest taxes while districts away from the city in a GOP controlled area have far lower taxes and debt issues.

      • i feel betrayed

        You should change your name to head in the sand. Ever wonder why Social Security funds are being depleted faster than they are being replenished? There are more people taking from it (that have never contributed to it) than those that are working and paying to supplement it. I’m sick of working for people that don’t want to. Get a clue you effing idiot.

      • i feel betrayed

        So since you are so well versed on this matter, please cite the tax relief articles that exempt all these corporations and individual financiers from paying any taxes whatsoever. Or are you just like all the other liberal anti-Trump morons that don’t have a clue what you are talking about? Taxes aside, you do know that Trump and his foundations have donated millions of dollars to charities, and he does not collect a paycheck as OUR President? Get over it – he won – and will continue to win as long as people like you continue to be mislead and uninformed.

    • Robert

      School tax? The feds don’t set school tax. You do, when you vote at a local level. OMG, our taxes are screwed up because people like you get to vote! Dude your stupid!

      • sick of fake news

        Dude, our school taxes ARE affected by federal policies that flood the public school system with foreign-born students who are here illegally. Wise up. More kids in classrooms, means more teachers, more equipment, more space needed and that means HIGHER SCHOOL TAXES FOR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. Wise up!!!

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