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Friday, January 19, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDRegional business owners, government officials and advocacy groups meet with Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, to discuss the status of legislation regarding “Dreamers” at Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDRegional business owners, government officials and advocacy groups meet with Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, to discuss the status of legislation regarding “Dreamers” at Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Sam Landis, partner at Vynecrest Winery, makes a point regarding his business’ need for immigrant labor. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Sam Landis, partner at Vynecrest Winery, makes a point regarding his business’ need for immigrant labor. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
“Dreamers” Julio Martinez and Denard Vanegas meet with Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, as well as advocate organizations and business owners to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland “Dreamers” Julio Martinez and Denard Vanegas meet with Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, as well as advocate organizations and business owners to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

Charlie Dent meets with ‘Dreamers,’ business owners

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently met with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals advocates, “Dreamers” and businesses that rely on emigrants as employees at Vynecrest Winery.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss the problems facing children of undocumented migrants who brought their minor children to America.

The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the Obama era program of receiving renewable two-year period of deferred action as of June 16, 2017.

The Trump administration has deferred the implementation of rescinding the DACA program until February with the hope Congress will address the unique challenges of the policy.

Two “Dreamers” were on hand to relate their stories as minors brought to America by their parents.

Julio Martinez, lives in North Carolina and is now a student at Lehigh University.

Though he was born in Mexico, he was brought to America as a two month old infant.

He has no memory of his early years and would be at a total loss if he were deported.

Denard Vanegas, Guatemalan by birth and living in Phoenixville, was nine years old when brought to America.

Living in Phoenixville, he had no idea he was considered an illegal alien until he turned 16 and wanted to get his Pennsylvania driver’s license.

His parents told him he didn’t have the proper documents to apply.

He had neither a Social Security number nor a United States birth certificate.

Under the Obama DACA program, he now has his Pennsylvania driver’s license.

He is studying health and political science at Reading Community College.

Some economist put the loss of gross domestic product to the Pennsylvania Treasury at close to $350,000,000 if Pennsylvania’s 5,900 Dreamers are deported.

Several farmers from the region including Sam Landis, Vynecrest Winery CEO, Lancaster area dairy farm owner Rob Barley and Gary Lebo who owns a greenhouse in York County all discussed the negative impact of losing emigrants as farm laborers on their businesses, whether “Dreamers” or legal immigrants. Current Homeland Security policies have scared off much needed workers.

All three noted that they have had minimal response to ads for help from their local communities.