Recap: DACA Program in Peril
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program put in place to help young immigrants who lack the required legal documents needed in order to live in the U.S. However, this program has recently come under fire from a group known as GOP. The threat has gone as far as petitioning for the disbarment of the program. In a letter addressed to Trump, Texas Attorney General has requested the government to cancel the program by September 5th. This letter has the approval of nine attorney generals and one governor. This threat does not sit well with people from the Hispanic Caucus community. The secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly recently held a closed-door meeting with this group.
During the meeting, John Kelly informed the people that the program is in danger. The program has been a safe haven for 800,000 people. It has been beneficial to the country. The beneficiaries of this program have contributed to the growth of the U.S. by working and paying their taxes. Other beneficiaries have had the chance to study. The program has been running for five years and has been doing commendable work. This threat has people scared and alarmed. However, Lacey and Larkin of the Frontera Fund are dedicated to fighting back and preserving the program.
About the DACA Program
It came into existence in 2012 through an initiative by Obama who was the President at the time. The program was put in place to cater for the young people seeking asylum in the U.S. Through the program, undocumented youths are provided with the necessary documents that they need to reside in the country. It protects these young individuals from being deported and also grants them a work permit. However, an individual needs to meet some requirements namely:
- You must be a young person. Hence an individual should be under 31 years.
- You should not have a criminal record including a DUI.
- You have been living in the U.S without documentation before 2012.
- You are studying or graduated from high school.
- An individual must have lived in the U.S continuously from June 2007.
- You started residing in the U.S before your 16th birthday.
The program may be in danger of cancellation, but organizations such as the Frontera fund are on the front line fighting against it. It’s a battle they hope to win.