The Efforts of Immigrants to Protect the DACA Program

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December 19, 2017

Staunch supporters and member of the Republican Party are currently conducting campaigns to oppose the existence of the DACA program. Thousands of young immigrants who are based in the United States have been getting the news through their networks and organizations. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was established to protects undocumented youths who had attained specific qualifications to stay in the U.S., be offered a social security number, and also have the permission to be employed in the country. The DACA membership is valid and renewable after two years. Many states have been allowing young people who are under this program to receive driver’s licenses and in-state tuition.

The Texas A.G, Ken Paxton, once sent a letter to the Trump administration demanding that he wanted it to terminate the DACA program before September 5. He even threatened to take legal action if the government failed to abolish the law. The termination of DACA has not been planned to be abrupt. It will be gradual whereby the no renewal or new application will be approved. One governor and nine A.G. who belong to the Republican Party supported Paxton’s demands.

Hispanic community members were recently invited by John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, in a closed-door meeting. According to Kelly, more than 800,000 persons benefited from the program at that time. He said that several people had filed lawsuits against DACA. Many immigrants and activist had seen this coming, but the John Kelly’s announcement left them more worried. The program was started five years ago, and it has benefited the United States in various ways. Approximately 95 percent of the people who are registered under DACA work and study. They offer millions of dollars to higher learning institutions that are located across the country. These persons have also strived to better their earnings, and therefore, they pay high taxes. Most DACA beneficiaries invest their money in acquiring homes and cars, education, and establishing businesses.

Several studies that have been conducted across the United States show that DACA has been very successful. Dreamers are now afraid that they might be deported after the abolition of DACA. They have been fighting to stop any efforts to eliminate the program just like they did in 2012. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is determined to offer support, counseling, and information to facilitate the efforts to protect DACA. It believes that a dreamer act law should be passed to prevent a future crisis.

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