The far-right members of the Republican Party of the United States have recently launched numerous fronts of attack against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the disturbing story is spreading fast especially among young immigrants’ groups and communities all around the country.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program whose primary objective is to provide undocumented young people who meet their criteria an absolution from being deported by providing them with a social security number, and the much coveted opportunity to work in the United States at least for a renewable period of two years. The DACA program has also made arrangements with several other states where these individuals can be allowed to acquire driver’s licenses and also access in-state-tuition fees.
Just the other day it was reported that the Attorney General of the state of Texas Mr. Ken Paxton publicized a letter written to the White House requesting them to repeal the DACA program by 5th of September. The letter does not leave it there but goes a step further to threaten legal action if the demands captured in the said letter are not met. However, Ken and group do not intend to halt DACA’s operations at once, they are proposing some sort of a phase-out where they expect DACA to at first stop considering new applications then later terminate further renewals. This far nine attorney generals and a governor of one of the Republican-leaning states have already signed against their names on the letter.
Recently, some members of the Hispanic Caucus held a closed-door meeting with John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security. Mr. Kelly acknowledged that more than 800,000 people’s livelihoods and those of their loved ones could be at risk by virtue of their association with the DACA program. He went ahead to reveal that the already ongoing legal proceedings challenging the DACA program are one of the reasons for his coming out.
The DACA program has now been operational for five years and has produced tangible benefits to the individuals on the program itself and the United States at large. For instance, more than ninety percent of DACA beneficiaries either work or study or even do both in the country resulting millions of dollars contributed to colleges and universities around the country.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has offered to help in the fight to save DACA and the realization of a DREAM Act legislation.