The sustained onslaught of DACA programs by Republican-leaning politicians has thrown young immigrants into a frenzy. The news that politicians might consider abolishing the DACA initiative has left many young immigrants in shock.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is one of the programs that is protecting undocumented youth with specific qualifications from deportation by the authorities. The initiative offers the young immigrants, social security numbers and a chance to get employed in the US. The temporary work permit is renewable every two years. Some states which are more welcoming, allow the immigrants to obtain a driver’s license and scholarship opportunities through the program.
The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is one of the individuals who are hell bent on clawing back the gains that immigrants have made in the past few years. Recently, Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Trump administration requesting the government to abolish the DACA program. According to the AG, he will file suit against the state if his demands are not met. The AG suggests phasing out of the program systematically in a plan where new applications will not be accepted, and renewals will not be given any consideration.
Nine Attorney Generals from Republican-inclined states including one governor gave the nod to the letter.
A few days ago, the Hispanic Caucus held a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. The main agenda for the meeting was finding a way to protect a program that supports over 800,000 persons. Before the meeting, advocates of equal rights for immigrants had already sounded a warning on the future of DACA programs.
The DACA program is making its fifth anniversary. The initiative has helped thousands DACA beneficiaries lead a dignified life in the US. DACA beneficiaries contribute to the growth of the American economy. Many of them are law-abiding citizens who pay taxes to the federal government.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is one of the biggest backers of the DACA program. The charity has pledged to fight for the preservation of the DACA initiative. DACA beneficiaries and funders have staged protests across the United States to bring the attention of the nation to the planned onslaught on the program.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established against the backdrop of injustices meted on immigrants. The organization has supported numerous initiatives that seek to better the lives of immigrants.