Dreamers and Congressman Clash on DACA

A YouTube video has surfaced that shows prominent Dreamers, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, in a tense confrontation with controversial Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

In the video, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appears to leave the scene, making a quick retreat from the dicey conversation between the Dreamers and King.

Rep. King has routinely gone on record saying that he wants to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program. As late as Friday, he voted for a bill that would end the program.

Erika initiates the conversation by introducing herself as a Dreamer who’s originally from Mexico but was raised in the United States. She then hands Rep. King her card (presumably an Employment Authorization Card) and offers him the chance to take away her DACA.

“I know you want to get rid of DACA, so I want to give you the opportunity ’cause you really want to get rid of it, just rip mine,” Erika tells King. “Go ahead and do that.”

“I just don’t understand why you’ve been wanting to do that,” Erika says to King, who then stands up to confront the woman.

“You’re very good at English,” King says as he grabs Erika’s hand. “You know what I’m saying.”

Cesar tells King that he “wanted to serve my country after 9/11, as an American, even though I came here when I was 5 years old.” Cesar’s undocumented status prevented him from joining the military to serve the country.

“DACA has given me the opportunity to give back to the country,” Erika adds.

Erika and Cesar sum up their confrontation with the congressman in another video.

President Obama has promised to use executive action to change immigration policy by the end of summer. Many anticipate the action to include an expansion of DACA. In the second video, Cesar encourages him with the words, “#GoBigObama.”

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