Alonso Guillen, a 31-year-old DACA recipient, died rescuing Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. This is the self-less person Donald Trump attacked with his decision to end DACA with a six-month delay.
These are the very people Donald Trump wants to deport. People who contribute greatly to our country. People who look to America for a better way of life. People literally willing to give their lives for their fellow citizens.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
“Alonso Guillen was a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily lifted the threat of deportation for immigrants brought to the U.S. before they were 16, family members said.”
Alonso Guillen, a 31-year-old disc jockey from Lufkin, disappeared on Wednesday around midnight along with two friends after their boat hit the bridge over the creek and capsized. One of them was rescued after clinging to a tree in the rushing water, but days later, after the rains let up and the creek level receded, Guillen and Tomas Carreon Jr. were still missing.
Searchers spotted Carreon’s body floating down the wide, swift-moving creek on Friday around 1 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, Guillen’s body floated past a sandy berm where family members had been keeping watch for days, staring out at the murky water. A relative dove in and pulled him to the shoulder of the creek until they were able to bring a boat over to get him onto shore.
Guillen’s father, Jesus Guillen, said he’d asked his son not to try and rescue people in the storm, but he insisted, saying he wanted to help people. He cried and prayed on Sunday afternoon as they pulled his son’s body from the water.
“Thank you, God,” he said, “for the time I had with him.”
Guillen is the face of DACA. He and others contribute greatly to this country. He is one of many Dreamers willing to give their lives for this country. First Donald Trump went after Mexicans, then Muslims and now the Dreamers. The stain on this presidency and the Republican Party is indelible. The GOP will be known as the party that embraced racial hatred, bigotry and cruelty.
Guillen’s mother, Rita Ruiz de Guillen, 62, who lives in Mexico, was turned back at the border after she hoped to be allowed to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to bury her son. She lost a son. This is shameful on so many levels. Guillen’s father is a lawful resident and was in the process of applying for his wife to come to the U.S.
The Customs Border Patrol has issued a statement saying that they will work with the Mexican Consulate and non-governmental organizations to allow Mrs. Guillen to enter the U.S. to bury her son.
We offer our condolences to Alonso Guillen’s family, a rescue volunteer who died during Hurricane Harvey. Response to media reports below. pic.twitter.com/UkXKXakcSS
— CBP (@CustomsBorder) September 4, 2017