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Frontera Fund Attempts to Save DACA March 9, 2018

The DACA program has been the target of many fronts of attack from the GOP’s extremist members. The news is finding its way across young immigrant’s networks and organizations. DACA provides protection from deportation to undocumented youth who meet the prerequisites set. It also provides social security numbers and the ability to work in the U.S. for a period of two years which is renewable. The program also allows in-state tuition fees and the ability to get a driver’s licenses in some states.

The Trump administration received a letter from Ken Paxton the Texas Attorney General asking that the DACA program be rescinded by September 5, and threatened legal action if the demand was not met. This will terminate the program abruptly but instead the proposal is to no longer consider new applications and to stop renewals. The letter was signed by a governor from one of the red states and nine attorneys general.

A closed-door meeting was held with John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security and Hispanic Caucus members. The program which protects eight hundred thousand people is in jeopardy, and there are already legal cases challenging the program which were mentioned as the reason for the communication. Kelly’s announcement increased the worry even though advocates and dreamers have been sounding the alarm for a while.

There have been clear benefits for the U.S. from the DACA program which has been implemented for five years. Ninety-five percent of those who benefits from the DACA study, work or both. This leads to millions for universities and colleges nationwide. They are paying higher taxes since their earnings have improved. Most economic gains by those who are using DACA invest in furthering education, creating businesses, buying cars and homes.

There are several studies that prove the program’s success. It is not time to panic but there is alarm among allies and scared people among the dreamers. It is time to start organizing to aid in preventing the elimination of DACA. A DREAM Act legislation will be fought for by the Frontera Fund as a permanent solution as well as giving guidance, assisting in the fight for preservation of the DACA and informing people about the act.

The DACA requires that applicants were younger than thirty-one by June 15, 2012 and that they entered the U.S. prior to their sixteenth birthday. They must have been living in the country continuously from June 15, 2007 until they file the application. Applicants must be in the United States physically at the time of application.

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