The Misfortunes of DACA and Plans to Save It

In the recent past, the DACA program has been met with severe and unfavorable attacks from the extremist members of the GOP. The disheartening news is now ricocheting across young immigrants’ networks and foundations. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) offers undocumented youth, who meet and satisfy certain pre-set conditions a reprieve from deportation to their home nations, a social security number, and subsequently a chance to work in the United States. This opportunity is usually for a renewable period of two years. In a majority of the states, the program allows these individuals to acquire a driver’s license as well as access in-state-tuition fees.

As earlier reported, Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General served the Trump administration with a letter demanding them to rescind the DACA program by September 5. Moreover, Ken Paxton in his letter made clear his legal action threats if their demands were unattended to. However, the action as orchestrated by those against the program, is not an abrupt termination. Rather, they propose a “phasing off” strategy through which no new applications will be allowed and no renewals. Nine attorney generals, as well as one governor of the red states, had co-signed the letter. Just not long ago, members of the Hispanic Caucus had gathered with Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, in a closed-door meeting.

Kelly asserted that the program, which currently protects more than 800,000 people, was in jeopardy. The reason for his communication, as he posited, was the legal cases already challenging the program. DREAMers, as well as advocates, have been sounding alarms for several weeks now, but more so, John Kelly’s announcement was especially worrisome. A good number of studies could affirm and attest to the excellent success of the program. DREAMers and allies are like scared and alarmed. However, there is no reason for panic. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund will be offering assistance, guidance, and information in the struggle to preserve the DACA program in addition to fighting for a DREAM Act legislation, which is seemingly a permanent solution.

Currently, in its fifth year since inception, the DACA program has apparently brought substantial benefits to the United States. Over 95 percent of DACA beneficiaries either work or study or even do both. They thus contribute millions in dollars to higher learning institutions all over the country. Through ameliorating their earnings, they subsequently remit higher taxes. Notably, a huge chunk of the economic gains made by these DACA beneficiaries is invested in creating businesses, buying homes and cars as well as advancing their education.