DACA is an administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of the program is to offer protection from deportation to immigrants who came to the United States when they were still children. The program serves to give young, undocumented immigrants protection from being deported and also supplies them with a work permit. The program expires for each individual after two years but is subject to renewal. In order to qualify for DACA a person must be under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012, and must have come to the United States before their 16th birthday. They must also have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007, until the present and be physically in the United States on June 15, 2012, when they apply. This program is for immigrants who came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012. Eligible individuals also have to be currently studying, or be a high school graduate and must not have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanours.
Due to the extremist element that has become prevalent in the GOP, the DACA program is now under attack. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently released a letter where he asked President Donald Trump to rescind the DACA program. He wants to see this valuable program phased out with new applications being rejected and renewals being turned down. This letter was signed by nine other attorney generals and one governor, all from red states. Members of the Hispanic Caucus recently gathered in a behind closed doors meeting with John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security. Kelly stated that this valuable program that offers protection to 800,000 individuals is in serious jeopardy and there are already numerous legal cases challenging the program. This is the fifth year of the DACA program and it has clearly been a benefit to the United States. Statistics show that 95 percent of DACA recipients are involved in study, work or both and contribute millions of dollars to the nations higher education system. Many DACA recipients have made economics gains by advancing their education and are now putting those gains into buying homes and cars as well as starting new businesses.
In this trying time for this valuable program, assistance is coming from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund was established in the wake of a $3.75 million settlement that was awarded to freedom fighting journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after their wrongful arrests at the hands of Maricopa County Arizona officers under the leadership of disgraced former sheriff Joe Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin are the top executives at Village Voice Media, the company they co-founded as an outlet for free speech and civil and human rights. The two have been crusading for immigrant and migrant rights since the 1970s and continue to do so today. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was established with the sole purpose of providing funding to help in the fight for immigrant rights across Arizona and the United States as a whole.