The DACA is in peril after recent decisions handed down by the Trump administration. While this program has been instrumental in helping increase the quality of life for more than 800,000 individuals, it is possible that it may be at the end of its own life following an intuitive launched by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In fact, Paxton demanded that the DACA program be rescinded by September or he would move forward with litigation towards the federal government against the policy. In September of 2017, the Trump administration obliged and rescinded the policy. This has created outrage in the DACA and DREAM community.
So, what exactly is DACA and who are DREAMers? DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and it is set to end in March of 2018. This policy provides immigrants who were brought here as children an administrative relief from deportation. They received a two year stay on any type of deportation activity and they are given a work permit. Before it was repealed, DACA was renewable and it gave migrants a chance to get ahead and support their families. They were even able to obtain driver’s licenses, pay taxes, and take advantage of in-state tuition for higher learning. This represented a new future for this group of people. DREAMers are the people that benefit from the DACA program. They are called dreamers because the DACA was a compromise created when the DREAM Act, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, aimed at benefiting these same people was shot down repeatedly.
Groups like the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund are not ready to give up on DACA. They have pooled all their resources to fight for this worthy program and the migrant population. It can be said that the Larkin and Lacey Fund started out aimed at helping the migrant population, especially the one located in Arizona. Times New Phoenix founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin started the fund after receiving a large sum from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff, had the pair of journalists arrested after publishing something in their newspaper. Arpaio himself had a bad reputation for hassling the migrant population. Larkin and Lacey felt that it was only fair that all Arpaio’s victims share in the settlement and decided to funnel the money into the migrant community. They fight for programs like the DACA passionately, hoping to make a difference.