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 President Donald Trump rescinded the program that same month.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.
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No one seriously expected Joe Arpaio, former sheriff, to serve a day in jail when he was convicted of criminal contempt of court in 2017, but they did expect him to have to acknowledge his crime. Joe Arpaio has been vindicated of his actions via a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. In an interview with Ari Melber, post-pardon Arpaio told viewers that he was innocent of his crimes, even though Ari Melber explained to him several times that accepting a pardon was an admission of guilt.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin share a hatred for Arpaio and his actions. In 2007, Arpaio sent his Selective Enforcement Unit to arrest Lacey and Larkin – who were journalists and co-owners The Phoenix New Times. The special law enforcement unit raided the two journalists’ homes and transported them to jail via unmarked vehicles with Mexican license plates.
As if the procedure pertaining to arresting two journalists wasn’t strange enough, the two were released in less than 24 hours. The illegal arrest led to a multi-year legal battle against Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 3.75 million dollar ruling in favor of the journalists.
With the settlement money and with money from selling off the Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey created two new organizations.
Lacey and Larkin commissioned the Frontera Fund to assist in efforts relating to Hispanic rights in Arizona. Through the Frontera Fund, Lacey and Larkin have sponsored such organizations as Arizona Justice Project, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and the ACLU of Arizona. The Frontera Fund provides resources about DACA and other information that may concern Hispanics in Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin also decided to start a brand new publication. Front Page Confidential is the name of the newspaper they created to raise awareness about issues relating to civil and constitution rights violations committed by politicians.