The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan was established the U.S government to allow undocumented youths that meet certain requirements to live in the country. Immigrants who have been registered under the program have social security numbers, can get decent jobs in the U.S, and also have amnesty from deportation. The permits that are issued to the DACA beneficiaries are valid for only two years and can be renewed once they expire. Some states have been friendly to these individuals since they allow them to benefit from in-state-tuition fees and issue them driver’s licenses. DACA is currently being threatened by the extremist supporters of the Republican Party. The move has caused panic among leading organizations and networks that were founded by undocumented immigrants across the country.
Ken Paxton, who is the AG of Texas, recently wrote a letter that requested President Donald Trump to abolish the DACA program. Paxton needed action to be taken by September 5, or he would take go to court. His letter had the names of one governor and nine other attorney generals. The ending of the plan will be systematic whereby applications and renewals will not be allowed. Homeland Security’s secretary, John Kelly, had a lengthy closed door meeting with members of the Hispanic Caucus. Kelly said that DACA had benefited over 800,000 people who could be deported if the program is eliminated. According to him, several cases have been filled in courts across the country demanding for the abolition of the program,
Dreamers and immigrant rights advocates have been talking about the unfortunate issue, and John Kelly’s statements worry them more. The DACA program has been active since 2012, and it has assisted in improving the United States in different ways. About 95 percent of the individuals who have registered to the plan are employed, students, or both. The country’s higher learning institutions benefit from the millions of dollars that the undocumented immigrants pay. Most of these individuals work hard to earn a high income and are subject to high taxes. Their earnings are spent in establishing businesses, acquiring houses, and cars.
The attacks on the DACA plan makes Dreamers have an unpredictable future in the United States. The individuals who might be affected should work together to ensure that the program is not eliminated. People should push for a solution that would last forever such as a Dream Act law. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has always pledged to ensure that the immigrants are treated fairly.