A recent article on LaceyandLarkinFronteraFund.org is discussing the new threats that have been launched against the DACA program. The DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was established by the Obama administration in 2012 but was rescinded by the Trump administration in late 2017. The purpose of this act was to allow individuals who came to the United States as minors to receive deferred action on deportation and a work permit. This would allow them to hold down jobs and get a better education. The system is renewable and as of 2017, there are over 800,000 individuals that benefit from the program.
At this time, Congress has called for a stay on the action and has recommended a phase-out, instead of outright ending the program. The DACA program has only bolstered the living conditions of immigrants. It has been pointed out that in a lot of ways, it has reduced the number of illegal immigrants living in poverty and increased the wages earned by that sector of the population. Members have seen a chance to increase their own personal circumstance in ways that they never deemed possible. In fact, many explain that the DACA offers no major drawbacks and instead helps the economy in a meaningful way. The annihilation of the DACA program will be a huge setback for the immigrant population.
Even though there has been a call for the end of the DACA program, it does not mean that DREAMers or their supporters should give up. There is still much that can be done to help fight against this push against the DREAMers. The writer urges people to organize with the same ferocity that they organized with at the beginning of the movement. A vigor that resulted in the DACA program in the first place. There is always more that can be done, and giving up now would only rush the DACA program to an early demise.
One of the funds that help make programs like this possible is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This fund was started with the expressed purpose of helping the migrant population of Arizona. Founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the Frontera Fund with the proceeds of a massive court case they won against the police department of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. The settlement was issued after Lacey and Larkin were arrested in their homes for information that they had published in their newspaper, The Phoenix New Times. The journalist were pulled from their houses in a blatant violation of their human rights in October of 2007 and held for an extended amount of time.
After a huge public outcry, they were released and immediately filed their suit. Now they have dedicated the $3.7 million they won towards advancing the interests of another group that has felt the oppression of Sheriff Arpaio, the migrant population. It is the hope of Larkin and Lacey that individuals should never have to worry about their rights being violated because of who they are. The DACA program is just one of many that work the help the migrant population, and the Frontera Fund backs it enthusiastically.