Another US Family, torn apart and separated due to an immigration system designed to strip due process and judicial discretion from its own US Citizens. Jorge Garcia came to the US at 10 years old and is 1 year shy to qualify for DACA, like many other immigrants who are left out in the cold without any relief. What will now happen to Cindy Garcia, wife and US Citizen, as well as her two US Citizen children? They will be forced to live apart, divorce, or exile from their own country in order to stay together as a whole family. DACA will NOT help Jorge, as incorrectly stated by his wife Cindy, which is why it is so important that there be more focus on the issue at hand here: The 10 year and permanent immigration bars that were passed in 1996, which have stripped away US Citizens rights.
Congress should focus on fixing these bars, by either removing them to allow US Citizens access to the current legal immigration system OR a more bipartisan approach, extending already existing waivers to the 10 year and permanent bars, so that a judge can weigh the positives and negatives of the immigrants actions and decide whether to grant the immigrant leniency. Bipartisan bill HR1036, introduced in the House of Representatives, accomplishes this and can easily pass if the Republicans allowed it to be brought to the floor.