People who are not familiar with immigration policy might not understand the importance of DACA. This is a piece of legislation that gives illegal immigrants who were minors before the year 2007, the right to stay within the United States. An illegal alien cannot participate within this program unless they were 16 years old (or younger) before the year 2007. Also, they cannot benefit from DACA if they have committed some type serious criminal offense in the country where they are leaving.
President Obama created this program as a means to help young illegal aliens who have adjusted to the American way of life. Remember, very few children cross the border on their own. There is a parent or some type of adult taking them from their homeland to make the journey into the U.S. Once the children arrive and start to make a new life; they have in a sense become an American.
The former Obama Administration also set this program into motion to extend the former DREAM ACT which was created in 2001. This legislation was only used once, and it was persistently rejected by Congress during that time. Remember that the DREAM ACT stood for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. This legislation would have helped illegal aliens who entered the country in 2001 to find permanent residency.
President Trump does not want to provide aliens (adults or their children) the right to stay in America. Even thought the DACA program extends an illegal alien’s right to stay in the U.S. for a 2-year time period; Trump and many Republicans do now want to offer this type of benefit for illegal aliens.
Keep in mind that many illegal aliens that were 16 and younger before 2007 are now between the ages of 11 and 37. Many of these younger Americans attend school, are employed and have a connection with American society. They contribute to their community and many of them have families of their own. They in fact have made the U.S. their home.
The Frontera Fund is a monetary endowment that was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The fund was formed in 2007 and it is designed to support organizations that fight for the rights of immigrants and migrants. Civil Rights organizations also benefit from this fund as well. The Frontera Fund is now being used to support various legal organizations that fight to keep this legislation from destroying the lives of over 800,000 registered DACA members. The fund is also important for protecting illegal aliens who never received the benefit from DACA and could be deported at any moment.
Frontera Fund founders realize that immigrant people are constantly in danger of being exploited because of their legal status as citizens. The state of Arizona is a border state where immigration issue is extremely complicated. There are many Latino children whose lives will be ripped apart if their parents have to be deported because they no longer remain in the country.
There are other major problems to consider as well. President Trump will allow current members of DACA to renew for the program before the March 5, 2018 deadline. However, no new applications will be taken. Lacey and Larkin and their Frontera Fund will continue to fight to help illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. despite Trump’s persistence to remove them.