The DACA program has been facing various attacks lately from the extremist GOP members. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, is a program that was launched to assist young immigrants who meet a set threshold amnesty from deportation. DACA enables them to get a social security number and a chance to get employed in America for a period of two years which can be renewed after expiry. The program can also enable the youth to obtain driving licenses as well as access to in-state-tuition fees.
Ken Paxton the Attorney General for the State of Texas wrote a letter asking the Trump administration to phase off this program. He mentioned that if their demands would not be met, they would seek legal action. If this happens, all new applications and renewals will be rejected. Nine attorneys general and a governor endorsed this letter by having their names on the letter.
John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security, was visited by a delegation from the Hispanic Caucus. They had a closed-door meeting trying to protect the 800,000 people who benefit from this program. John Kelly mentioned that the legal battles challenging the program are what made him give his worrisome announcement.
The DACA program has been on for five years now. The benefits it has brought to Americans are clear. Ninety-five percent of those who benefit from the program are in employment, school, or are doing both. The millions of dollars they pay in fees nationwide benefit colleges and universities. By improving their earning, they have also increased the amount of taxes paid to the government. All these monetary gains have resulted in the individuals investing in their education, homes, cars, and creation of businesses.
President Obama came up with a new policy on June 15, 2012, that was meant to better the lives of the youth who’d come to America. The program kicked off on August 15, 2012. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund assist the youth to access the benefits of the DACA program. The requirements for this program include a birth certificate, national identity card, passport and a student identity card. These documents are used as proof of identity and date of birth. The other requirements include; proof of physical presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, proof of continuous residence of 5 years in the U.S., proof of being a student or Honorable Discharge from the army, proof of entry in the U.S. before turning 16 years, passport size photos, and proof of no criminal activities.