The Right Wingers are at it again and this time it is about immigrants’ rights. They have opened attacks against DACA, from several different sides. As a result, what will happen to DACA in this present political climate is anyone’s guess. And the news is spreading light wildfire among organizations who work for rights of young immigrants. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and it is one of the top civil rights groups fighting for the rights of young people, especially students, who are living as undocumented residents.
DACA helps undocumented youth, who qualify based on certain prerequisites, to avoid deportation, get a Social Security number and work in the country for a specified period of time. In many states across the country, applicants can even get drivers licenses. Predictably, the states that want to put an end to DACA are the Republican run states or the “Red” states. Spearheading this campaign to gradually pull the rug from underneath the organization is Ken Paxton, the Attorney General for the state of Texas. He has gone as far as sending a letter to the Trump administration asking them to repeal DACA or face legal consequences if they don’t.
Along with Mr. Paxton, nine AG’s and one governor is part of the letter sent to the Trump Administration. The idea here is to slowly take away DACA as opposed to suddenly ending it. When they get final approval, no one will be able to apply or renew their membership for their program. All this negative news is unnerving mainly because the numbers show that DACA is a success. Over 95% of members work or study and many do both. Organizations such as the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund are doing their part to preserve this organization.
Lacey, Larkin and Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are executives who co-founded the Village Voice Media. This is a publication based out of Phoenix, Arizona and it sees itself as an alternative news publication. In 2007, they ran a series of articles questioning the work methods of Sherriff Arpaio. Angered by the publication’s stance, Sheriff Arpaio took Lacey and Larkin into custody using highly questionable means. Eventually, the news made national headlines and after a long legal battle, all charges against them were dropped. However, Lacey and Larkin decided that these kinds of actions by law enforcement cannot go unnoticed in the future. Not only that, they decided to help people who are illegally detained, whether they are legal or illegal immigrants. That is why in a nut shell they found the Frontera Fund.