“We understand that DACA and the Supreme Court decision could come down any day,” Jayapal said, referring to a decision from the high court that will likely be released before June.
House Democrats are still “pushing very, very hard” for the Senate to take up a House-passed bill that would provide DACA recipients with a path to citizenship, Jayapal said, but she noted right now they are focusing on at least trying to ensure DACA recipients who are working on the front lines during the crisis have a path to citizenship.
“It’s very hypocritical to say that we think these workers are essential and at the same time talking about deporting people from this country,” she said.
Castro spoke about the efforts of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to relax enforcement during the pandemic so that undocumented immigrants don’t fear going to the doctor and getting tested if they’re concerned about having contracted COVID-19.
While ICE has said they plan to be selective about enforcement and only go after criminals during the pandemic, Castro said, “there has been an internal fight between the ICE director and the larger administration on the policies during the pandemic.”