GOP Leaders across the Nation Put DACA Program and Youth in Jeopardy
January 30, 2018
After the letter that was pinned by the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Trump Administration took action to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In his letter to the Trump Administration, Attorney General Paxton also included threats to the Administration if the changes to DACA were not implemented. The letter was supported by nine other attorney generals and one governor all of whom are from republican lead states.
Although, the program changes will be phased in over an extended period of time, the youth and their families are fearful of the changes which could ultimately result in deportation. The program affects approximately 800,000 youth across the entire United States.
DACA was made available under the Obama Administration and gives undocumented youth an opportunity to remain in the country as long as they continue to meet certain established criteria and prerequisites. The primary benefits of the program is to keep families together and allow their undocumented children the opportunity to the advantages of the United States without any adverse consequences. Since those children often arrive into the United States through means that are considered as non-threatening to society, the Obama Administration carved a pathway to citizenship that fills the gap in a situation that was intended to be fruitful for America as well as undocumented children.
Undocumented youth contribute to the economy in many ways. They are also able to be enriched by the educational advancements with the United States that ultimately contributes to society. Because of the DACA program, the youth are able to enroll in colleges and pay in-state tuition fees as well as obtain driver licenses just like their documented peers which gives them a pathway for many to be productive and become hopeful about their future.
The proposed changes put new applications in jeopardy. The Lacey and Larkin Fund, located on Arizona, has been accelerating information to the immigrant community for the preparation of those changes. The fund is a paramount source of information within the immigrant and migrant community. Arizona has approximately 325,000 undocumented individuals within the state with an estimated 43,000 children. The Lacey and Larkin fund is aligning with immigrant advocacy groups to keep an active watch on the changes taking place. Fighting for the preservation of the DACA program is high priority for the fund while there is a search for a permanent solution to the undocumented issue throughout the country.
All across the United States there have been protests, sit-ins and active social media involvement to get the attention of Congress to do what’s morally right. Earlier this week, the closed-door meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly proved unsuccessful. After the meeting concluded, it was clear that Mr. Kelly believes the changes will move forward. The program for 800,000 people is now at the mercy of changed minds. Finding a solution to the DACA issue is going to take a vigorous effort, and there appears to be plenty of action taking place with the supporters of the program.