Hilario Yanez, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, destroyed the liberal narrative surrounding DACA and praised President Donald Trump on Fox News Saturday.
What did he say?
Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Yanez thanked Trump for his action on immigration reform and DACA.
“Let me begin by first thanking Donald Trump for his leadership, his compassion and also the courage to take on this issue. Here’s a guy who wants to provide a pathway to citizenship for myself and really make a difference in my life,” Yanez explained.
Yanez, who was illegally brought to the U.S. when he was 1-year-old, went on to explain that he believes border security is “very important” — even if it means erecting a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He added that he believes the lottery immigration system needs to end.
“I think it’s outdated, I think it’s time for people who want to come to the United States to focus on skills so they can contribute to the American economy,” he explained, noting that Republicans must take the lead to pass “long over-due” reform.
What did he say about Democrats?
Later in the interview, Yanez tore into Democratic congressional leaders, specifically House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“At the end of the day, they’ve been us [Dreamers] as pawns,” Yanez said, adding that Democrats should have never held the country “hostage” via a government shutdown to get their way on immigration.
He then encouraged other conservative dreamers to make their views known so that immigration reform can move in a positive direction.
Ultimately, Yanez suggested that lawmakers “move to the middle” to complete immigration reform and praised Trump for attempting to work with Democrats.