How DACA Is Being Targeted By Republicans
Since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, extremist Republican’s have launched a number of attacks against a number of different programs, some of which have even been bi-partisan in the past. One of these is the DACA program which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program helps young undocumented people who were brought into the United States by their parents while they were children. After having met certain requirements they no longer face deportation and receive a social security number. They are then able to work in the United States and can renew their exemption every two years. Most states also allow people who qualify for this program get a drivers license number and pay the same college tuition rates as in-state students do.
The attack against this program was first launched by Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General. He sent a letter to President Trump saying that the program needed to be eliminated or else he would file suit against the administration. He demands that the DACA program be phased on by not renewing them anymore and no longer accepting any new applications. This demand was co-signed by nine other state attorney generals plus one Republican governor.
Fighting back against this demand, The Hispanic Caucus held a closed-door meeting in order to discuss this issue with John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security. He informed them that there are already pending legal cases against this program and that the entire program is in jeopardy.
The DACA program was established five years ago. There have been many benefits to this program. Of the young people who participate in this program, 85% are either attending a college or university and/or are working. They have achieved a higher income than they otherwise would have resulting in them paying more in taxes than they otherwise would be. Also, in addition to making big purchases like homes and cars which keep the economy operating they have also engaged in entrepreneurship.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a supporter of the efforts to keep this program functioning. This is a nonprofit organization based in Arizona which was co-founded by two members of the media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They had won a $3.75 million settlement after being illegally arrested by the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, who at the time was involved in grand jury proceedings. He wanted to find out who the reporters had obtained information about the sheriff in these proceedings from so he had them arrested in the middle of the night and put in jail. These two individuals use the settlement money to support a number of causes involved in human rights and first amendment rights.