UT Dreamers worry border announcement will distract from immigration debate

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4utah) – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he plans to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to increase security. Some Utah Dreamers worry this latest action won’t help, and could distract from getting broader immigration reform done.

There are few details on the plan, but it’s already received a mix of praise and criticism.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey showed his support on Twitter with the comment:

“Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border. Washington has ignored this issue for too long and help is needed. For Arizona, it’s all about public safety.”

President George W. Bush, and President Barack Obama also deployed National Guard troops to the border during their time in office. The total cost of the operations was around $1.3 billion. Some believe it did little to help, while others claim it filled holes in security.

Amos Guiora is a law professor at the University of Utah who specializes in national security. He worries this move is more about trying to fulfill a campaign promise. Besides the cost he said putting troops on a boarder can have far reaching effects.

“Optics are a really important aspect of this, and they also exact a cost. So it seems to me at the moment there are multiple costs cutting across lines here.”

Guiora admits there are legitimate security issues on the border with gangs and cartels, but he questions if there aren’t other steps to deter it.

This new announcement comes after President Trump tweeted earlier in the week that a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) deal was dead.

Ciriac Alvarez is a Dreamer who benefited from gaining status under the DACA program. A judge already ruled that Dreamers can continue to to renew their legal status through DACA.

Alvarez and several other dreamers worry that with no deadline for a DACA fix that the issue won’t be a priority in Washington D.C.

“It’s difficult to continue living in this situation and feeling as if both sides are disappointing us time and time again,” said Alvarez.

In an election year Alvarez questions if immigration reform would even be possible.

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