President Donald Trump’s administration has thrown a spanner in the works by announcing its intention to phase off the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) in six months. Consequently, no one new will receive protection under the program while those presently covered will begin losing their protection status and work permits by March 2018.
What is DACA?
DACA is basically an Obama-era immigration policy that protects young undocumented immigrants from extradition for a renewable two years. So far, the program has protected almost 800,000 young individuals from deportation and allowed them to build a meaningful life in the United States. The confirmation that the program is in indeed in peril by the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in a meeting with the Hispanic Caucus is enough proof of imminent danger to the DACA program.
What losing DACA means
Losing DACA would mean DREAMers working fulltime occupations leaving them to adhere to the law, or carry on working at legal risk to themselves as well as their employers. Those in enrolled in colleges would have trouble paying their tuition fees for the rest of their courses. Last but not least, immigrants face the risk of deportation.
In the wake of the unjust and cruel decision to phase off the DACA program, without a satisfactory DREAM Act in place, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund expresses its absolute disapproval of the decision. Over the years, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has financed immigrant and DACA-led groups. They believe in justice as well as the integration of DREAMers in the political and economic life of the US, in addition to the growth of young talent.
In conclusion, Frontera Fund affirms its position as a proponent of DACA program and its intention to fight for the lasting solution of DREAM Act legislation to legalize immigrant youth and bring immigration reform.