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DREAMers Called Back Into Action

Caving to demands from the Governor of Texas and attorneys general from nine states, President Donald Trump ordered an end to a program offering essential protections for migrant children, then later called on congress to pass immigration legislation to replace it, leaving the future of 800,000 childhood arrivals shrouded in confusion. Legislators have six months before the program phases out.

 

In a recent article on FronteraFund.org, Carmen Carnejo makes a rallying cry of her own, calling on immigrants and allies to fight these alarming developments by “organizing with the same fervor as we did in 2012,” referring to the DREAMer movement that culminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented by the Obama Administration via executive order.

 

As its name suggests, DACA is a renewable deferral program that protects certain undocumented residents from deportation, as long as they arrived as a minor, received a high school education, and meet a few other criteria. Recipients are provided a social security number and work permit, and, in most states, may acquire a driver’s license and access in-state-tuition fees.

 

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin of the Frontera Fund are on the front lines of immigration rights in the border state of Arizona, and will provide their guidance and assistance in the fight to preserve DACA. The Frontera Fund was founded to benefit Arizona’s embattled Hispanic community, and distributes grants to worthy nonprofit groups that advocate for Hispanic civil rights.

 

Despite repeated defeats in Congress, there is bipartisan support for legislation reform, including protection for DREAMers; in its five years of implementation, DACA beneficiaries have contributed millions to the US economy through higher education, business ownership, and taxable income. The Frontera Fund, along with nonprofits and activists across the country, will continue to fight for a permanent DREAM Act legislation.

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Will the Trump Administration Close in on the DACA

Senior members of the Grand Old Party, formerly referred to as the Republican Party, have recently pushed the Trump administration to gradually cut off the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals from funding and legal support. The Trump administration is infamous for its partial policy and its inclination to punish and to send away migrants rather than allow them to participate in fair and regulated nation-building programs.

The Texas Attorney General wrote to the White House addressing the Trump administration on the issue. The correspondence was an ultimatum to the administration demanding that it either address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by phasing it out. The other choice that the head of the State’s legal affairs gave the Trump administration was to face litigation. The letter was signed by nine State Attorney Generals and one governor, all from states that are predominantly pro-Republican.

The DACA is a legally framed program. Its basis of foundation was also purely constitutional and its structure only allows it to remain economically beneficial to the United States. The professionalism and ethical consideration of State officials to make demands of the presidency based on political inclination may have been misplaced. However, they do have the mandate and could proceed to economically and legally starve out the program and phase it out completely.

The legal head of Texas proposed that the program should be phased out by first striking out the application process and then rounded up by declining to renew any memberships. The move by the Attorney General caused panic by the beneficiaries of the program since they would no longer enjoy,

  • Legal and duly issued social security numbers
  • The opportunity to study and work in the United States
  • Driving licenses

The DACA, which is a program that grants young and undocumented immigrants immunity from deportation for periods of two years to give them an opportunity to study and work in the United States. The program is a carefully designed administrative program that allows brilliant immigrant students and hardworking immigrant youths to claim two years, which they use to prove their usefulness to the American economy. The DACA is a legal chance given to young undocumented migrants to earn citizenships by proving their worth through studying and working hard.

John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, called a stakeholders’ meeting for immigrants to inform them of the looming legal threats made to the program. He asserted that they needed to be aware that the program could be closed down so they could come up with other alternatives to further the cause of the program. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund would like to urge all those concerned to fight the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It intends to provide information, guidance and financial assistance to the cause of resisting the oppressive move made by the Grand Old Party against migrants.