Since the Trump administration announced the ending of the DACA program, many DREAMers are faced with the possibility of deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals keeps undocumented individuals safe from deportation while granting many the opportunity to obtain a state driver’s licence and in-state-tuition fees. To be eligible, applicants must meet the strict criteria of being under the age of 31 and continuously lived in the United States before their 16th birthday. While being present in U.S. from 2007 to the present, those seeking relief from deportation must be currently studying or have graduated from high school. Conviction of any felonies, certain misdemeanors or a combination of three or more misdemeanors results in an application refusal.
Created five years ago, the DACA program or DREAMers has contributed millions of dollars into the college and university education system. A total of ninety-five percent of DREAMers either work and/or study, investing time into their education, creating and running businesses. While pursuing the American dream, DREAMers have increased their earnings and therefore pay higher taxes. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund continuously works to provide information and assistance to those impacted by the ending of the Obama-era DACA program.
Currently, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is fighting legislation for a permanent solution to protect DREAMers. In response to the ending of the DACA program, legal action has been threatened by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Advocates for the program, the Hispanic Caucus recently met with John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security. In the meeting, the Hispanic Caucus learned that the 800,000 people protected by the DACA program were no longer protected. With the phasing off of the program, new applicants will no longer be considered, nor will renewal be possible.