A news article from Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund discusses how there have been many fronts of attack by GOP members that were directed at the DACA program. This news is being distributed across immigrant networks and organizations.
The DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and allows young immigrants that meet all the prerequisites a reprieve from deportation while also providing them with a social security number. According to the article, the DACA program also allows these youths an opportunity to work in the United States for a two year renewable period. Under the DACA program the youths can also get a driver’s license and gain access to in-state tuition fees. This program works to allow these youths the chance for a better life when they may have not otherwise received these chances.
There has been a letter sent to the Trump administration that has asked them to cancel the DACA program by September 5th. The letter then threatened that if their demands were not met that the party would ensue legal action. It is discussed in the article that they are not proposing an abrupt termination of the program, but rather a “phasing off.” This would lead to new applications of the program not being considered and no renewals. There are currently nine attorneys and one governor that put their names on the letter.
The article goes on to discuss that members of the Hispanic Caucus met with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in a private meeting. Kelly stated that the DACA program is in jeopardy and mentioned that there are legal cases currently challenging the program. The DACA program that has been in effect for the past five years currently protects 800,000 people. The factual statements regarding the future of the program were very worrisome to many.
The DACA program have brought many good things to the United States as a whole. There are currently ninety-five percent of DACA beneficiaries that are working, studying, or doing both. These beneficiaries currently contribute millions of dollars to colleges and universities across the country. While doing this they have also improved the earnings that they make and are paying higher taxes. These beneficiaries are very invested in making a better life for themselves. Many of these individuals are still advancing their education, buying homes and cars, and creating their own businesses. This is all due to the DACA program that is currently in place.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is currently on the fight for the preservation of the DACA program. They are helping to provide any information or guidance as well on the matter at hand. The creators of the fund are co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
On October 18th 2007, Lacey and Larkin were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio after revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings. After suing and ultimately winning, the journalists decided to use their $3.75 million winnings to help support immigrants and their rights.