The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been under fire from conservative Republican politicians for years. The program, instituted by President Barack Obama, provides certain undocumented young people the ability to receive a social security number, permission to work in the United States, access to in-state tuition for college, and prevents them from being deported.
Nine attorneys general have threatened to sue the Trump Administration if they did not rescind DACA by September 5th. In an apparent response to that threat, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has announced that the Trump Administration will end the DACA program.
This announcement, along with what many are calling anti-immigrant statements from President Trump, has sent a wave of fear and uncertainty throughout immigrant communities across the country.
The DACA program is currently in its fifth year of operation. According to reports, the program has had a clear benefit to the United States. Nearly 95% of Dreamers, as the program participants are called, go to school, work, or do both. These activities add millions of dollars in revenue for colleges and universities in America.
Dreamers pay taxes and contribute to their local economy. DACA participants have higher earnings and they put that money towards buying homes and starting businesses.
This is a far cry from how Sessions referred to them in his announcement. The Attorney General called them “a group of illegal aliens” who are taking American jobs. He went on to say that these Dreamers were contributing to a sense of “lawlessness” in the nation. This type of rhetoric has outraged and angred many acitivista and civil rights proponents.
Many activist and civil rights groups have viewed this attack on DACA as a rallying point. They have begun organizing a resistance to the Trump Administration’s actions. One such organization is the Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund is dedicated to fighting for civil rights for all immigrants. They have waged a campaign against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and have defended DACA against attacks from the Right.
This is an organization who’s sole peupose to fight for those individuals who are powerless and do not have a voice in the current political debate.