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Texas 'Dreamer' died trying to save lives in Harvey floods

Texas 'Dreamer' died trying to save lives in Harvey floods”

But he and another man disappeared after their boat capsized in a flood-swollen creek Wednesday, and relatives began searching for their bodies.

Alonso Guillen, 31, was a so-called "Dreamer" protected from deportation under the program known as DACA, according to US Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas and immigration advocates.

Guillen was just one of the 800,000 immigrants who work and live in the USA protected by the Obama-era DACA program, a policy President Donald Trump reportedly plans to eliminate. The station said that he had left work to help people trapped or at risk-against his father's warning, given the unsafe flooding.

"Thank you, God, for the time I had with him", said his father.

In his case, he moved to Texas when he was teenager, according to the Houston paper. It's worth noting that these volunteers, as well as Alonso Guillen looked at a tragic situation hitting a major American city and asked "what can I do to help?"

Guillen's mother, Rita Ruiz de Guillen, is applying for legal status in the United States and told the Chronicle that she hoped the U.S. Customs and Border Protection would grant her a humanitarian visa to bury her son in Houston.

Guillen and two friends borrowed a boat, drove south, and when they reached the northern end of the flood zone in Spring, Texas, tried to rescue people trapped in an apartment complex. Alonso and one of his friends died as a result of the accident.

Reports said the body of Mr Guillen was spotted on Friday. The termination of the program is reportedly going to have a six-month delay of enforcement. But that also creates little but uncertainty for those who, like Guillen, crafted lives for themselves in the U.S.

Alonso Guillen was brought to America when he was a young teen, and was allowed protection under DACA. Arrests of non-criminal offenders doubled.

The White House plan to eliminate DACA puts Republicans in the House and Senate in a bind, forcing them to either act to stop sweeping deportations or renege on public statements promising a compassionate approach to Dreamers.

Guillen's family, meanwhile, is left to mourn him. "When we are with God, there are no borders", his mother told the Chronicle. "Man made borders on this earth", she said.



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