Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are appealing to the Hispanic community and to groups and organizations across the country which supports migrants’ rights: stop the Republican Party from ending the provisions of the DACA program. DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program authorized by the Obama Administration which gives certain privileges to undocumented migrant children below 16 years of age when they first entered the United States. These privileges involve immunity from deportation, the right of being given a Social Security Number, and the right to find employment within the United States. Other states also include the right to drive and the right of free college tuition, and the migrants who are benefiting from the DACA program are required to renew their status every two years. The DACA program was signed into full implementation in 2012, and five years after President Barack Obama introduced the program, the Republican Party threatens to end the program fully. As a result of the threats coming from the Republican Party, youths who are beneficiaries of the DACA program and those who wanted to apply for a DACA status are advised not to do it in the present because they can be instantly deported out of the United States.
The suggestion by the Republican Party to end the DACA program was welcomed with protests and outrage from different groups and organizations which are fighting for the migrants’ rights. The news quickly spread across the country, prompting the groups to mobilize and to ask the government to reconsider their plans. They claimed that more than 800,000 individuals would be affected once the DACA program ends and they also highlighted that these 800,000 individuals are contributing to the economy of the United States by paying their taxes and their school fees. The groups and organizations supporting migrants’ rights have warned that if the government chooses to terminate the DACA program, a substantial economic blow could paralyze the United States economy.
According to the White House, it was Ken Paxton who had sent the letter to terminate the DACA program, addressing it to President Donald Trump. Ken Paxton is the Attorney General of the state of Texas, and he is now under fire because of his recommendation. Ken Paxton is not alone, as he had the support of several representatives and one governor in ending the DACA program, and all of them came from the Republican States. They wanted to systematically terminate the DACA program, by discouraging DACA beneficiaries from renewing their status and stopping new applications. Ken Paxton also warned the present administration that legal consequences could be filed against them if the DACA program continues.
The Secretary for Homeland Security, John Kelly, had met with groups and organizations that are supporting migrants’ rights. He explained to them that the present administration is also weighing in the pros and cons of terminating the DACA program. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have shown their support to the migrants by assisting them financially through the Frontera Fund, and they criticized the recommendation of ending the DACA program.