Members of the Republican party have been pushing for the end of a very important program protecting thousands of young immigrants in the United States. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been under extreme pressure to come to an end by those who oppose it. Ken Paxton, Texas’s Attorney General, along with 9 other red state attorney generals addressed a letter to Donald Trump pressuring him to end the program, which he promised he would end during his presidential campaign. In the letter, Paxton gives Trump a September 5, 2017, deadline to end the program, threatening to take legal action against Trump and his administration if he doesn’t.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program created in 2012 by President Obama which protects those brought to the U.S illegally as children from being deported. The program’s protection is issued for two year periods and has to be renewed at the end of the time period. There are a series of qualifications to be eligible for protection, such as, currently enrolled in school, no felonies or significant misdemeanors, and under the age of 31. The program allows recipients to receive a work permit and social security cards allowing them to be productive members of society. Through the program, thousands of individuals have been able to start businesses, apply for college, and buy cars and homes providing billions of dollars to our country’s economy.
Many of those who receive DACA protection were brought here as young children and have no memory of their original birthplace. As a result, all they know and have is here in the United States. Therefore, by ending the program would not only be devastating to the innocent people but would also be an extreme detriment to the economy.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports the continuing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Lacey and Larkin fund was started in 2007 after an illegal arrest and detainment of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin by the Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office. As a result of their illegal arrest, the two were rewarded a $3.7 million dollar settlement at the end of a long court battle between the two and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Mike and Jim used their reward to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund helps those of the Hispanic community who are constant victims of civil rights violations and discrimination.
The Lacey and Larkin fund has shown strong support of the DACA program started by the Obama Administration 5 years ago and will help in the fight to keep the program. All for the hope of one day having possible a DREAM act passed legislation providing DREAMers with the opportunity to become permanent citizens.