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.

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