The more than 800,000 young people enrolled in the DACA program continue to grow nervous as the fate of this controversial effort to help immigrants in the United States remains up in the air.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It was signed into law by President Barack Obama. It allows the children of illegal immigrants in the U.S. to remain here in a kind of quasi-legal status. They can go to school, get jobs, obtain a Social Security number and even serve in the military.
Since DACA was created by a presidential executive order, the program has been remarkably successful. It clearly has had a positive effect on American society and the U.S. economy. DACA “Dreamers” are working at jobs, paying taxes, paying tuition that supports schools and universities — they are contributing to society in innumerable, positive ways.
Despite the success of DACA, powerful right-wing forces are seeking to end the program with the ultimate goal of deporting the young people who are protected under the act. One of them is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. He has urged the Trump Administration to end DACA – and recently President Trump has signaled he will do just that.
Those fighting to keep DACA alive are getting financial support from the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, an initiative started by Arizona journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two reporters are using funds they received in a $3.7 million court settlement won against Arizona’s Maricopa County after former Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested the reporters under highly irregular and illegal circumstances in 2007.
DACA is a tailor-made cause for the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund because it seeks to support a variety of programs that aid immigrants, Latino and Hispanic peoples living and working in the United States.