Michelle Botello – Pro For a Day 2017

By Michelle Botello
A firefighter in California, John Ybarra, will be forced to leave the country because his DACA will expire.
 
He grew up in San Francisco, went to Berkley, then moved to Butte County where he became a fireman.
 
Jasmine Groves, Little Phil & Associates, Ybarra’s lawyer, said ”John Ybarra, an American hero, may be deported. These are young men who basically have given their all to their country fighting fires in California.”  Groves has been representing Ybarra, 28, for six months.
Ybarra said, “Thank you for calling me a hero.” He said, ”I was going to school here since I came to this country.  I thought I was like everybody else.”  In his government class in Junior High he was involved in saving money to take a trip to Washington D.C.  After saving the money, his parents told him he couldn’t go, and they told him it was because he was illegal.  He said he told the counselor, that he was stopped from going on the trip and they let him stay in the school.
 
Jasmine Groves, lawyer for Little Phil & Attorney Associate spoke out for her client John Ybarra, and said ”John Ybarra, an American hero, may be deported. These are young men who basically have given their all to their country fighting fires in California.”  Groves has been representing Ybarra for six months.  Before Ybarra walked up to the microphone, she said, ”I hope it will really touch your heart. This is his home.”
 
 
President Barack Obama created DACA through a 2012 executive order. The program has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country. Applicants cannot have serious criminal histories, and must have arrived in the U.S. before 2007, when they were under the age of 16. DACA recipients can live and work legally in the U.S. for renewable two-year periods.
 
Pedro Martinez, Keep DACA Recipient Here said, “This is why we need DACA.  Some 700,000 are DACA recipients.” He said he is here to help people stay here.
 
Robert King, congressman/republican said, ”Unfortunately, you are part of that problem.  DACCA is unconstitutional.  We’re going to be sending you back to meet your family.  Who are starting fires, who does crime, who takes away jobs?”
 
The lawyer and the congressman expressed negativity and lawyer Graves got into an argument with congressman King.  King said, ”He is not protected under our rights…according to our Constitution.”
 
Ybarra said, ”America is my home. I don’t think everyone feels the way Mr. King does.”
 
Due to emotional duress, Groves retired Ybarra.
 
Groves said, ”I’m being deported to a place where I barely know the language.  This is home for me.  I want to stay.”
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