DACA Program Turning Dreams into Realities

DACA Program has lately been receiving attacks from different quarters especially from the Republican extremists. The Program which was founded in 2012 by President Barrack Obama aimed at calling for deferred action of certain individuals who migrated to the United States while they were still children. DACA is an abbreviation which means Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Individuals under the DACA program are protected from deportation and are allowed work permits to work in the US provided that they meet certain requirements. The Program besides enables the young immigrants to access state tuition fees and driving licenses in most states in the US. DACA since its inception has protected more than 800,000 young immigrants. The increased attacks on the program have drawn numerous criticisms from organizations that advocate for the rights of immigrants in the United States of America.

Those leading in attacking the program include Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who has sent letters to the Trump administration asking for the revocation of the DACA program failure to which they will be faced with legal consequences. The letter proposed that the program should be rescinded not later by September 5th. The letter also suggests that the revocation should take place in phases where new applications should not be considered, and renewals from those already under the program should not be processed. The letter had the endorsement of nine Attorney Generals from different states including the Governor of the Red State.

One community that would be largely affected by the revocation of the program is the Hispanic community as most of them are immigrants. In efforts to enlighten the community on the legal cases challenging the program, the Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly held a closed-door meeting with representatives from the community. Kelly told the representatives that as things stand the program is likely going to be revoked. This statement did not go down well with the dreamers and advocates of migrant rights.

DACA program has been a success and for the five years that it has been operating the program has benefited not only the young immigrant but also the country. Most DACA program beneficiaries are students who have contributed millions of shillings in the form of tuition fees to the colleges and Universities they attend. In addition, some of the young immigrants also work in the US and in turn pay taxes which has contributed to the economic growth of the country.

One organization that is determined to see that the program is not revoked is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Organization. Frontera fund for many years has been leading in the fight for immigrants rights.

 

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