The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) continues to be a target of the GOP. Earlier this year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a letter asking the Trump administration to revoke the DACA program by Sept. 5 or face legal action. President Donald Trump rescinded the program that same month.
The attacks didn’t stop with Paxton. Nine attorney generals and one governor of Republican states had their names in the letter. Now, the protection of 800,000 people is in jeopardy.
DACA is a program for young immigrants to protect them from deportation. The program had a number of requirements. Applicants had to be under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012. Due to Trump’s decision to revoke DACA, no new applicants are being accepted at this time. The deadline for renewals to the USCIS was on Oct. 5.
Under DACA, 95 percent of beneficiaries either work, study, or do both. They have become productive members of society, paying higher taxes. In fact, the money that many DREAMers have earned are going into higher education, homes, cars, and opening businesses.
Former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio had become the face of immigration crackdown before bring found guilty of criminal contempt of a federal court order. Back on Oct. 18, 2007, Arpaio arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin are journalists who were jailed for revealing grand jury proceedings that went after reporters’ notes when they covered Arpaio.
Lacey and Larkin received a $3.75 million settlement for the wrongful arrest. With that money, they have formed the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund supports civil, human, and migrate rights groups.