DACA Program and the Need to Protect It

Conservative Republicans have long used the DACA program as a bargaining chip to further their agenda in Congress. They use the DACA program as leverage to pass unpopular policies. Some of these policies include funding of the wall at the Mexican border which the Trump administration has made a priority. These tactics have caused a lot of anxiety to the beneficiaries of the DACA program. Young immigrants have been left to worry as they don’t know any other home other than the US.

DACA is a program that was announced by President Obama as a deterrent to the deportation of young immigrants who came to the US as children. The program was a result of President Obama being frustrated by Congress when he tried to push for immigration reforms. Announced on June 2012, the program was meant to be a temporary measure as Congress was to work out on a permanent solution to the immigration issue.

For one to be eligible for the DACA program, one must fulfill some conditions. First, the person applying for the program has had to be below 31 years at the time of announcing the program. Applicants must have to come to the US before they reached their 16th birthday and should have lived in the US continuously from June 15, 2007. Also, one ought to have lived physically in the US from June 15, 2012, to the time that they were applying for the program. The recipients of the program had to be in school, holders of diploma certificates or have been honorably discharged from the military. One also ought to have been on the good side of the law as any conviction would lead to loss of the rights afforded by the DACA program.

The recipients of DACA get work permits to work in the US. The validity of the program is two years where one can renew it. The DACA program has become popular with the American public with the majority supporting it. Despite this support the programme the Trump administration has consistently tried to terminate the program.

In September 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the administration would terminate the program in March 208. Also, in the same month, then Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, met with the Hispanic lawmakers and notified them of the administration’s intention to shut down the program. These developments put into jeopardy the future of many young immigrants; there was an uproar from the public. Organisations such as Frontera Fund came forward so that they could help address the plight of the young immigrants.

Frontera Fund offered to sensitize the public of the importance of preserving DACA as Congress searches for a lasting solution for the problem. The fund has also been pushing for A DREAM Act legislation which out to find a permanent solution. The fund was started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who previously worked as journalists. Other than helping to out on migration reforms the Frontera Fund is also involved in making sure the First Amendment is respected.