DACA stands for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals federal program. The purpose of DACA is to protect young people who were brought to the United States in an undocumented manner. DACA protects them from being deported as long as they are either working or in school. They re-up every two years as DACA is renewable.
The DACA program is now in jeopardy. This was initiated by Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, who had sent a letter early in 2017 to the Trump administration. In the letter he demanded that the DACA program be rescinded no later than September 15th. The request was not to immediately end DACA but instead to phase it off. Rather than ending DACA abruptly they wanted to instead stop approving new applications and also stop renewing people who are taking part in the program.
The letter that Ken Paxton sent was signed by one Republican governor and nine state attorney generals. After the letter was sent John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security, met with the Hispanic Caucus’ members. He stated to them plainly that DACA, which has 800,000 people enrolled, was in serious jeopardy of being ended. He cited that there were numerous legal challenges to the program the result of which was his decision to shut DACA down.
DACA, which started in 2012, has clearly been a successful federal program. 95% of the people taking part either work or go to school. They account for millions of dollars being spent on education at universities and colleges across the United States. Through achieving a college education they have also increased their ability to earn higher incomes and so contribute to the economic activity of the country. Additionally, many have bought home and cars, as well as opened small businesses, further contributing to the overall success of the American economy.
One of the organizations that is fighting for DREAMers, those taking part in DACA, is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund of Arizona. The Frontera Fund supplies donations to a large number of nonprofit organizations across Arizona who are fighting for the rights of minorities, including undocumented immigrants. On their website they also bring attention to a large number of injustices that have been or are being committed against vulnerable people, often by those in government who are abusing their power. The Frontera Fund speaks out against things like ending DACA, building a wall along the southern border, and other important issues.