The ending of the DACA program is heartless, says Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, founders of the Frontera Fund.
In upholding his campaign promise, President Trump ended the DACA program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who grew up in the United States. An unwise decision that especially will hurt the country, says Larkin and Lacey.
Just days before his decision, President Trump had told news sources that “I have a big heart, so dreamers should not be too worried,” so this about face came as a bit of a shock.
Trump could have listened to the advice of business and political leaders of both parties. They had insisted not to stop Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) because the country benefits economically from the program.
The DACA program guarantees a right to remain in the US for young people whose parents are illegal and brought their kids to the US. It ensures that they can be official members of society in the only place they call home.
More than 800,000 dreamers are not at risk of deportation, unless Congress finds a solution. President Obama enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in June 2012. Read more; Michael Lacey | Twitter
As of March, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services say the United States has about 800,000 registered DACA residents. According to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, advocates of immigration like the Frontera Fund will continue to protests for the rights of dreamers. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The DACA program is set to expire on March 5, the 2018. Until then, President Trump has handed the issue over to Congress, telling them to find a solution.
According to Lacey and Larkin, this move is just a way for Trump to keep his campaign promise while placing the issue in the laps of others. New applications for the program are no longer being accepted, but up until October 5, 2018, current dreamers are able to extend their two-year work permit.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin both say this program has a positive impact on the hundreds of thousands who came into the US as children of illegal immigrants, but also to the US economy. Larkin and Lacey also express concern about a significant increase of upcoming arrests and deportations.
Established in 2014, the Frontera Fund helps to promote equality and justice for immigrants. Founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are dedicated to exposing injustice and advocating to support the rights of migrants, and immigrants.