Immigrants who go to the United States when they are children need protection from deportation and work permits. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that was established by President Barrack Obama through his administration in June 2012, and it protects these eligible immigrant youth from being deported.
The DACA program, now in its fifth year of operation, has clearly brought lots of benefits to the United States. Almost all of the DACA members study and work in the U.S. They contribute millions to Universities and colleges throughout the U.S. They pay taxes and Improve their earnings. They have invested in their education, they buy cars, create businesses and invest in homes.
Ken Paxton, an Attorney General from Texas, wrote a letter to the current Administration led by President Donald Trump, asking the government to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by September 5. He is proposing a process in which the policy shall not have any new applicants, and the current ones will not be renewed. There were nine AG’s plus one governor of the red states who signed the letter. On September 5, 2017, the government agreed and rescinded the policy.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is a foundation created to benefit mostly the Hispanic community which has borne the biggest brunt of the racial/civil rights abuses. They will be providing guidance, assistance, and Information in the fight for DACA preservation and provide a solution that is permanent.
The rescind has however been put on hold by Congress which is putting off the situation i.e., preventing over 800,000 people from being put on the deportation list and losing their ability to work legally in the United States, till after the holidays.
Many DACA members, however, are already losing their work permits at a high rate of more than 100 per day and they are filled with uncertainty over their future. They are probably putting many of their plans on hold as they await the decision of Congress.
The DACA-DREAM Act agreement will however not come easy. A White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, is set to present changes in border security and policies to the Republicans as part of the deal. This is an issue that most of the DACA youths fear the most. They believe the situation is being used by the government to harden Immigration policies against the youth’s parents and family members.
Jeff Flake, an Arizona Senator, is part of these conversations, and he believes that Mitch McConnell, The Senate Majority Leader is committed to holding a cloture vote for an immigration deal on the floor before January 19, the next deadline for funding the government.
The Bill will also include conversations about various Immigration issues like, an increase in the country’s asylum system and a policy change concerning unaccompanied minors who are arrested at the southern border.
The DACA-DREAM program advocates insist they shall keep pushing the lawmakers to hold on from voting on any bill, short term or long, that does not include a solution to the program. They say they shall keep fighting till a solution is found.