Several attacks from the Republican Party extremist members have been fronted against the DACA program. The news of the attacks has not been well received by young immigrant organizations around the US.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and was established to cushion young immigrants who meet certain prerequisites in the US from facing deportation. In addition, the organization assists the young immigrants in acquiring a social security number and work permits to work in the US for a renewable period of two years. The program also enables the youths to acquire driving licenses and access to state tuition fees in most of the states in the US.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a letter to the Trump administration issued legal threats if actions are not taken by the administration to revoke the DACA program by September 5th. The letter proposes for a phasing off where new applications will not be processed and there will be no renewals for those that are already under the program. The demands of the letter were endorsed by nine attorney generals and one governor of the red state.
Earlier this week the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly held a closed door meeting with members of the Hispanic Council to discuss the legal cases that are challenging the program which protects over 800,000 young immigrants. In the meeting, the state secretary stated that the program was in jeopardy. Kelly’s statement was worrisome and as a result dreamers and advocates started sounding the alarm.
The DACA program began its operation in 2012 and has been in existence for five years now. Besides benefiting young immigrants it has also contributed to growing the economy of the US. All DACA beneficiaries work or study in the US. Those that study contribute millions of dollars to colleges and universities where they study, while those that work pay taxes thus generating revenue to the US government. The program has been a success, and there are a good number of studies that can attest to this fact.
DACA is facing a huge threat, but its beneficiaries should not panic but rather push back any effort that is meant to eliminate DACA. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund organization are in the forefront in the fight of ensuring that DACA is here to stay by providing information,assistance and guidance .
DACA was founded by President Obama on June 15, 2012. DACA policy was created with the aim of calling for deferred action among a certain undocumented group of young people who migrated to the US as children.