The United States has always stood firm, and proud of the governmental rights provide for it’s people. For more than 100 years, it has been the melting pot of the world where people from many countries have been made to feel welcome. These people have lived and worked in the United States. They have raised their families, and been productive citizens, with many earning their citizenship. Here in this country, they were not seen as foreigners who were here to invade on a certain culture. They just wanted to maintain their own cultural values, and to be treated with respect.
There have been some controversial issues surrounding some of these cultures of late. They are no longer sure of whether or not they have a life here in this country. There has been much talk of deportation, and building walls, that it is hard to feel comfortable any more. Many organizations and individuals who advocate for the civil, human, and immigrant rights of people have become actively involved in protesting the current decisions being made by Republican lawmakers and politicians in some states. The DACA program, which is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is one organization that is coming under scrutiny.
DACA provides youth who have no documentation, but who meet certain requirements, amnesty against deportation. They are allowed to get social security numbers, work in the United States, and get a drivers license in some states. Some are even eligible to access college tuition fees in the state in which the reside. These opportunities are renewable every two years. The GOP extremist members are launching attacks against DACA. The attorney general of Texas went so far as to send a letter to the President and his administration requesting an end to the DACA program. He threatened to pursue legal action if this was not done by September 5.
The oppositions to DACA are not expecting this to happen abruptly, but they do want any new applications not to be considered, and for there to be no renewals for those currently in the program. The letter sent by the Texas attorney general was also signed by eight other attorney generals and one governor. The Secretary of Homeland Security met in a closed meeting with the Hispanic Caucus and stated that there are already many legal cases challenging the program that protects more than eight hundred thousand individuals. Organizations are gearing up to defend the DACA program, and the rights of the people involved.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are rendering the service of their Frontera Fund, which was established to help protect the First Amendment Rights of individuals.They are providing guidance, information, and assistance to help in the fight to protect DACA.
These two journalists are very adamant about advocating for those who have little to no voice, and can not be heard by those in political positions. This is a fight for justice that will not end in a matter of days, or even weeks, but the people will be heard.