MISSION, RGV – A Rio Grande Valley native has quit President Trump’s Diversity Council over DACA.
Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told Carol Costello of CNN’s Headline News that he disagreed with the White House’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.
“I officially resigned from that council, effective immediately,” Palomarez said.
#BREAKING: Javier Palomarez resigns from Trump's WH National Diversity Council as a result of DACA decision. Live on HLN's #AcrossAmerica:
Posted by Carol Costello on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Asked by Costello if he had submitted a letter of resignation, Palomarez said:
“There is no letter, this is it, this is the resignation. You know, I tried to work as hard as I could with this Administration on this issue. And I continue to want to work with them on other issues, like tax reform, like healthcare reform, and so many other important things. But I really don’t see the logic in doing what we’re doing right now.”
Costello asked if Palomarez was announcing his decision to quit on HLN. He responded:
“I am resigning right now from that council. I don’t see the point in continuing to try to work with people that clearly don’t see this issue the way I do.”
Original posting at 7:42 AM Central Time, Sept. 5, 2017:
Valley native set to quit Trump’s Diversity Council over DACA
MISSION, RGV – Javier Palomarez, a Rio Grande Valley native, is likely to quit President Trump’s Diversity Council if, as expected, the White House today rescinds DACA.
Palomarez is president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of UT-Pan American, Palomarez will be back in the Valley on Sept. 14 to give the keynote speech at a luncheon hosted by the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce.
President Trump is expected to announce today he is phasing out DACA in six months, thereby giving Congress the opportunity to allow DREAMers to stay in the U.S. through immigration legislation.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It was an executive action taken by President Obama to protect around 800,000 undocumented students who came to the U.S. when they were children.
Under the order, these students can apply to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit, if they have no criminal record. In Texas, DACA provided a way for the students to get a driver’s license. The students are known as DREAMERS.
“I am going to work right up until the bloody end to try to convince this President to do the right thing by these 800,000 DREAMers who reside in this country. The vast majority of them were brought here as children, on average, younger than six years of age when they got here,” Palomarez told Jim Acosta on CNN on Monday.
Palomarez said some 65,000 DREAMers graduate from high school every year. He said those graduating college every year number 10,000.
“They have been vetted, vigorously. None of them have committed a crime of any sort. They are not eligible for any kind of welfare or government benefits of any sort. These are exactly the type of young people that we need in this country,” Palomarez said. And I am going to work until the bloody end to convince this President to do the right thing by these young people.”
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents tens of thousands of Hispanic-owned businesses. The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a member and often wins awards. Palomarez said he looks at the situation of DREAMers from an economic standpoint.
“We are business people at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. If you look at this purely from an economic standpoint… they pay over $2 billion in state and local taxes. It would cost the American taxpayer over $60 billion to deport all these young people. And over a ten-year period of time, our economy would lose some $280 billion of economic output, if we get rid of these DREAMers,” Palomarez told CNN.
Asked by Acosta if he would remain in President Trump’s Diversity Council, should DACA be rescinded, Palomarez said: “That remains to be seen.”
For tickets to the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce Buenas Tardes Luncheon with Palomarez, contact Jenn Nava at 956-585-2727.
Education Not Deportation
Community groups from El Paso to the Valley are protesting the White House’s likely decision on DACA.
In El Paso, the Education Not Deportation coalition will protest UT-El Paso’s Leech Grove. “It is time for Congress to defend DREAMers by passing comprehensive legislation that protects them from deportation and provides a pathway to citizenship,” END said.
The Education Not Deportation (END) Campaign is a coalition of student groups and community members that are actively organizing to transform UTEP into a Sanctuary Campus, resist deportation, and ensure that UTEP is an all-inclusive, safe campus for all students. The group’s protest takes place at 12 noon.
La Unión del Pueblo Entero
Meanwhile, La Unión del Pueblo Entero, a community group that helps undocumented immigrants and colonia residents in Hidalgo County, will protest President Trump’s DACA decision today. The group will gather outside the offices of Texas Attorney General in Pharr. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said he will sue the federal government if it does not end DACA.
“Tuesday, President Trump will announce whether he will keep or end DACA, the program that protects dreamers from deportation and grants them work permits and, in Texas, a drivers’ licenses. We will defend DACA and immigrant youth with all our strength and we will not accept exposing these young folks to deportation,” said LUPE executive director Juanita Valdez-Cox.
LUPE’s protest starts at 9 a.m. The AG’s Pharr office is at located at 3508 N Jackson Rd.