The Obama Administration initiated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (‘DACA’) which allowed undocumented children to be entitled to a reprieve from deportation as the aged. Other DACA benefits included giving them a social security number, the ability to apply for tuition fees, a driver’s license, and to work in the U.S. for two years with the ability to reapply.
Today, the GOP and the Trump Administration are threatening to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Organizations like the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, including the Hispanic Caucus, the Texas Attorney General, and other Republican Attorney Generals in different states worked together to get the DACA program changed slightly, just not ended.
The better change for everyone would constitute a ‘phase-out’ period. The Frontera Fund is crusading for a better solution for the over 800,000 immigrants called ‘DREAMers.’ Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_ and http://james-larkin.com/
Former President Obama called the immigrants from Mexico and Latin American countries DREAMers because coming to the U.S., they dare to DREAM about a better life. The Frontera Fund has taken their action a step further by creating their own legislation called ‘A DREAM Act.’
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is the brainchild of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Larkin and Lacey are journalists who co-founded the popular Phoenix New Times paper, as well as the Village Voice Media.
Jim and Michael have always supported efforts to help immigrants in Arizona including the Mexican border and grassroots groups that advocate for human, migratory, and civil rights
However, their efforts got them harassed, attacked, arrested, and jailed. There was an incident when the Sheriff of Maricopa County invaded Lacey and Larkin’s home, taking them hostage and taking all the journalist’s notes and paperwork.
Lacey and Larkin sued the Maricopa County officials. They won their suit and was awarded over 3 million dollars, which the journalists used to create the Frontera Fund and fund Arizona human rights organizations for migrant workers and settlers.