DACA Program in Jeopardy

Recently, there have been several attacks against the DACA program from the extremist members of the GOP. These attacks have raised concerns among organizations and networks that safeguard the rights of young immigrants. DACA is a program whose main objective is to pardon undocumented youth from deportation upon meeting certain merits.

Young individuals who meet the set prerequisites are given a chance to have a social security number and work in the U.S. for two years. In addition to the said benefits, a majority of the states in the U.S allow younger individuals who are covered by the program to obtain a driver’s license and even gain access to in-state-tuition fees.

After five years in action, the benefits of the DACA program are well profound. For instance, about 95% of individuals covered by the program are either employed, studying or doing both.

Their contribution to the country’s economy can’t underestimate since these people pay higher taxes and contributed millions of dollars to learning institutions in the U.S.

Despite the effectiveness of the program and its clear benefits, Texas attorney general recently drafted a letter to the Trump’s government seeking the rescindment of DACA before September 5th. In his letter, Ken Paxton demands that the program is abolished. However, he is of the opinion that the program should be slowly phased out rather than be terminated abruptly. He posits that the government should slowly get rid of the program by rejecting new applications and denying individuals covered by the program renewals.

Paxton is not the only individual in conflict with the DACA program. Other distinguished individuals are said to have put their names on the letter urging president Trump to abolish the DACA program. These include red states’ governor and nine other attorneys general. In the letter addressed to Trump’s administration, the governor and the ten attorneys have threatened to take legal action if their grievances are not addressed to their satisfaction.

Following these attacks on the DACA program, members of the Hispanic Caucus recently held a closed-door meeting to discuss a way to protect a program that covers more than 800,000 individuals. Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, was in attendance. Speaking at the meeting, he echoed the concerns of most members of the Hispanic community when he reiterated that the DACA program was in jeopardy. He attributed his concerns regarding the future of DACA to legal cases against the program.

Before John Kelly’s admission regarding the challenges facing the DACA program, DREAMers and advocates had sounded warnings about its impending termination to all concerned parties. However, Kelly’s recent admission strikes a deep sense of fear to all beneficiaries of the DACA program. That highlights the need for combined efforts to fight for the program. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has volunteered to offer legal guidance and any other necessary assistance in the fight against the abolition of DACA.