SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The announcement by the Trump administration to put a plan in place for the more than half a million DACA recipients looking for a path towards citizenship is being met with tempered celebration on the central coast.
Joana Barrera is a Santa Maria representative for CAUSE, the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy.
"I'm sure a lot of parents, a lot of DACA recipients are going to be relieved they have this opportunity towards citizenship," said Barrera, "But it is coming at a big cost."
The group supports local immigrant children and their families.
Barrera says this is a step in the right direction, but does not fix the issue of families being torn apart by deportations.
"We're really excited for that but it does come at the expense of so many immigrant families, that their American youth are being held hostage, or as a political bargaining chip for the administration, so its a bittersweet moment," Barrera said.
The plan calls for billions of dollars for increased border security and money for the proposed wall along the southern border.
"I am willing to be reasonable and flexible and provide for much enhanced border security and other steps but there are limits," Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told reporters Thursday afternoon.
"We really want to defend our families, we support dreamers but we also want to keep in mind all of the hard work that immigrant families and what all of their efforts bring to this country," said Barrera.
The plan would also call for limits on family-based immigration, and the sponsoring of family members. This accounts for the majority of legal immigration in to the United States.
"It is exciting news," Barerra said. "But it will come at the cost of our families."