The impact that DACA( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has had on immigrants and the economy of the USA cannot be underestimated. Since its inception in 2012, the program has helped transform the lives of close to 800 000 young people who came to the United States as children. Most of them are either attending institutions of learning, working or even doing both.
Under the Trump administration, the program faces possible abolishment. With the ongoing review of several immigration policies, speculation as to what will happen to the program is rife. The livelihood and education of the young people under the program is uncertain as is the future of the entire program at large.
Frontera Fund under Lacey and Larking has been instrumental in giving advice,guidance and assistance to affiliate groups that are working for the preservation of DACA. Among these groups is United we Dream(DREAMers), an organization that has more than fifty affiliate organizations under its wings. DREAMers is the largest immigrant organization in the United States with more than 100 000 members. The organization wrote a petition to the Attorney General asking him the Congress to publicly defend DACA.
In a meeting with members of the Hispanic Caucus, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly acknowledged that the program faced legal hurdles that would require the intervention of parliament to protect it. Members of the Hispanic Caucus, on the other hand, advocated for the passing of the Bridge Act to help preserve DACA.
In the wake of continued threat on immigrants by the Trump administration, organizations such as Lacey and Larking which runs the Frontera Fund will be instrumental in supporting individuals and groups from falling victim of unpopular policies.
One of the proposals put forward is that the program be phased off gradually. Individuals under the DACA program have continuously improved their standards of living by buying homes, cars, creating businesses and furthering education. In light of this, abolishing the program would negate a lot of gains that realized over the past five years of DACA’s existence.