Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, is one of the programs established by the previous administration that is now targeted by the GOP party. People who partake in the program are called Dreamers, and most of them are individuals that were brought to the United States at a young age. Their main issue is the lack of proper paperwork that makes it impossible to work legally. After DACA was put in place, however, these people got a chance to obtain a social security number and start working without fearing deportation.
Recently, the GOP leader Ken Paxton from Texas has decided to address this program under the Trump Administration. His means of doing so include a letter that was also signed by a few more attorneys general, which asks the administration to put an end to DACA as soon as possible. As the urgency of the issues gets elevated, e meeting between Hispanic Caucus and John Kelly was held. This is where issues and implications of the termination of DACA were discussed.
For example, there are over 800,000 people who have taken advantage of DACA to put themselves through schools and pay in-state tuition. These are the people that also work and contribute to the United States via taxes they pay. Eliminating DACA would place them all under the danger of not getting a chance to work again when their permits expire after a two-year period. Of course, people like Ken Paxton do not wish to see these permits renewed or additional ones issued.
After 5 years, DACA has proven to be one of the main legacies of the Obama Administration that addressed the issue of deporting people who came to the U.S. as children. It served as a compromise between giving these individuals a full citizenship or sending them back.
As the program faces new threats, people turn to individuals such as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two leaders are on the front of the so-called Frontera Fund where they fight for the rights of minorities in the United States. The Frontera Fund started in 2013 when these two individuals received $3.7 million to compensate for the racially-motivated, unfair treatment by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Now, the fund serves as an outlet to help people transition from DACA into another, legally accepted, status. They also aim to bring mainstream awareness to this issue and showcase how it will affect many families around the nation. Since the letter instigated by Paxton asks for a “phasing off” approach, there is time to discuss all the alternatives. The way that the process should work will not be a clear-cut termination of DACA and immediate deportation of anyone. It will, however, end many people’s ability to work, pay less for college tuition, and lead lives as they are used to.
The ultimate goal of the Frontera Fund is to fight for a permanent legislative act that will turn DACA into a law. This will prevent issues such as this one from arising in the future.