“I think it’s time for people who want to come to the United States to focus… on skills so [they] contribute to the American economy right way,” Yanez, who was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas said.
Yanez said top Democrats have “no clear message” on immigration policy, other than to “us[e] us as pawns.”
“They never should have shut down the government over DACA,” he said, mentioning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) by name. “There is plenty of time on the table to fix this. March 5 is the deadline.”
Yanez said he gets “goosebumps” when he hears the “Star-Spangled Banner” and said he would never take a knee like some athletes have, and declared a willingness to serve in the armed forces if asked.
Wednesday, a top NYPD official said New York City police ignored all 1,526 requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain undocumented immigrants for up to 48 hours last year.