Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Fights to Save the DACA Program

Carmen Cornejo, a resident author at the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, argues that repelling the DACA program could spell doom for hundreds of thousands of immigrants all across the nation.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program provides a temporary social security number to the undocumented persons. DACA also finds stable and decent-paying jobs for the immigrants pending their citizenship approval. Thanks to DACA, the asylum seekers can even apply for driving licenses and get government student loans.

General Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas wrote to the Trump administration asking them to pull back support for the DACA program. General Ken Paxton made it absolutely clear that they would sue the administration, if it failed to comply with their demands by the 5th of September, 2017.

In his proposal, the attorney general calls for a systematic phasing down of the activities by DACA. Additionally, the veteran attorney, Paxton, insists that DACA should not allow any more renewals. The petition by the General Ken Paxton was co-signed by nine US attorney generals and a GOP governor.

John Kelly, U.S Homeland Security Secretary, held crisis talks with the leaders of the Hispanic Caucus. In the private meeting, the secretary confirmed the worrisome news that up to 800,000 people risked deportation and jail time if the program failed.

The Trump administration seems completely oblivious to the positive social and economic impact the DACA program has brought. In its five year history, over ninety-five percent of all the beneficiaries of the DACA program have turned into model American citizens. The beneficiaries end up injecting millions of dollars into the American economy when they pay college and university tuition fees and when they start investing and owning properties, later on.

Here’s a link to a study finding that demonstrated the positive impact of the DACA program.

The controversial move by the GOP doesn’t augur well with the mantra of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in Phoenix, Arizona. The latter has been actively involved in pushing for reforms aimed at creating a just and prejudice-free society. The fund traces its origins to a rather nasty police brutality and stereotyping incidence back in October 2007. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin, the founders, got pulled over and later ended up spending a night in one of the local jails.

Mike and Jim would later press charges against the notorious arresting officer that night, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The courts later found the sheriff guilty of racial profiling, systematic persecution and unlawful detention charges. The judge went on to award the plaintiffs a couple of millions. The duo used the settlement money to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to help other victims.

Thor Halvorssen Fights For Freedom

The Weekly Standard recently presented an article about Thor Halvorssen and his fight to end oppression. Extolling his dedication, it described at length the efforts Halvorssen makes with his Human Rights Foundation to end despotism, wherever it may be. Half Norwegian and half Venezuelan he traces his ancestry back to heads of state in part, but this does nothing to stop him from targeting such heads of state when they impose dictatorship and oppress their people. The full article is at www.weeklystandard.com.

His father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison and his mother shot during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration. It was the incentive that started his foundation, although it did not begin his activism. He has himself suffered for the cause. In the process of producing video of the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, he was beaten black and blue by Vietnamese authorities. The video chip got out of the scene in the cameraman’s rectum, but Thor declined to be the one to re-record it, or so he says. 39 year old Thor Halvorssen is also founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. This annual event is a must-see for anyone who has a passion for freedom and human rights.

Thor is not only an activist, but he is also a film maker. His works all have to do with the nature of oppression and the struggles of the downtrodden, as his heart and soul are fully absorbed by his cause. He often says “I love people” and attributes that to be the foundation of his energy. He rejects a right-wing label he is sometimes given, claiming to be a “classical liberal” in the John Stuart Mill tradition.

He speaks accent less American English and has no trouble navigating through the shoals and eddies of politics, media and the networking required to truly make a difference. By style he is a night owl, and he works tirelessly on his mission without regard for his collaborators’ ideologies. All that matters to him is that they be equally dedicated to ending dictatorship and despotism wherever it is found.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/halvorssen