With the statuses of young immigrants in great dire, the news of members of the GOP hurling attacks at the DACA program, is disturbing at best.
Earlier this year, Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, addressed a letter to President Trump, requesting that the Trump administration rescind the DACA program. The demands include that the program be rescinded by September 5th, with a weaning off process that would disallow all new applicants entry into the program, along with no renewals granted.
The DACA(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program, created under the Obama Administration in 2012, which calls for deferred action for certain undocumented young immigrants who came to the United States as children. Young immigrants who qualify for the program, are allowed to stay in the U.S, given a social security number, rights and permits to work in the U.S., and in most cases, eligibility for a driver’s license.
The threatening letter, egregious in all forms yet backed and signed by nine attorney generals and one red state governor, has gotten the attention of the Hispanic Caucus; whose members held a closed-door meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. The news on DACA worsened, as Kelly explained in the meeting, that 800,000 undocumented individuals are in danger of being deported, due to the fact that many legal cases are currently being waged against the DACA program, a core reason as to why he felt the need to urgently communicate with the Hispanic Caucus.
Since 2012, when the DACA program was implemented, the DACA program has been nothing short of beneficial for the United States. Nationwide, nearly every(98%) person who is utilizing the DACA program is either working or going to school. Through the program, many DACA individuals have created multiple economic opportunities, whether it’s starting businesses, earning higher wages to pay higher taxes, creating equity through houses and cars, or investing in education through attending colleges and universities.
The benefits of the DACA program have been well documented, as organizations such as the Frontera Fund, an advocacy group for civil, human and migrant rights, has courageously fought for the program’s progression and survival.
As the Frontera Fund continues to fight to provide information, assistance and awareness for the DACA program, they know ultimately that this perseverance will lead them to establishing a more withstanding policy, the Dreamers Act; a legislation that would essentially qualify young immigrants for U.S. citizenship permanently.