There is a lot of panic surrounding the Trump administrations recent choice to repeal DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This program offered over 800,000 people the opportunity to defer deportation by up to two years and then obtain working permits that allowed them to successfully integrate into society. It was a repeatable process. This dramatically increased the quality of life for them and their families. Many of these individuals came here as small children and have no connection to their countries of origin, it is possible that some are not even able to confidently speak the languages. The DACA was a means of protecting these individuals and keeping them in the only country they have ever truly known.
According to Laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org Texas Attorney General Ken Paxon sent a letter to the Trump administration demanding that the DACA program be rescinded by the fifth of September. He threatened that if his demands were not met on this issue that there would be legal action. It appears that the Trump administration agreed with Paxon’s request, and issued a statement that the policy would be repealed. Congress pushed to be sure that this would not be an immediate change, but would go through a 6-month phase-out period. This means that in March of 2018, many people that enjoyed protection under this program will no longer benefit from it. DACA is already in the process of no longer taking applications, and it is seeing renewals at upwards of 8,000 per week before time runs out.
While there are some that doubt the significance of DACA, even in its fifth year of implementation it has shown clear benefits to the community and the economy of the United States. People that benefit from this program can obtain driver’s licenses and jobs. They pay taxes, purchase homes, and obtain training in the community. There is no reason this program should not continue to benefit this population. The article located on the Frontera Fund website urges readers to consider the benefits and push back the efforts to eliminate DACA. Even though the choice has been made, there is still a lot that people can do to fight this move, starting with organizing campaigns and writing their representatives.
The reason the concerns about DACA are located on the Frontera Fund website is that it is something that is near and dear to the founders of the fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Lark, founders of the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice, are outspoken advocates for the migrant community of Arizona. They created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to support programs that specifically help this group of people. They came into the money they used from this fund after having their right violated my Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio arrested Lacey and Larkin because of something they published in their paper and after a huge public outcry he released them. Arpaio also had a bad reputation for hassling the migrant community. Lacey and Larkin want to use this fund to give back to those people as well.