The Frontera Fund, established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin with the funds won in a financial settlement for illegal detention against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has been organizing for some time to prepare for the repeal of DACA. The so-called ‘dreamers’ who are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provides individuals brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents as children with a two-year renewable visa allowing them to work and live legally in the U.S.
Although President Donald Trump had made the repeal of DACA, initially established by President Barrack Obama, a campaign promise during the 2016 election, he had attempted to sidestep the issue in the first months of his Administration; Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, had threatened legal action if DACA was not withdrawn by the September 5, 2017, deadline. The Trump Administration has since announced a phasing out period for DACA that has been anticipated for a number of months by The Frontera Fund, who have been preparing for this day by organizing in a similar way to that seen in 2012.
Pressure had begun to mount on the Trump Administration when nine other Republican-controlled states joined the call for a phasing out of the DACA program, which has had a positive effect on an estimated 800,000 ‘dreamers’ brought to the U.S. by their parents. The Frontera Fund reports the Head of the Department of Homeland Security went so far as to attend a meeting of the Hispanic Caucus in Washington to explain how the phasing out of the program would affect communities across the U.S. and the 800,000 ‘dreamers’ already registered for DACA.
The Frontera Fund has been vocal in its support of DACA across the five years it has been in operation and has benefitted the economy of the U.S. in a range of different ways. Those who have chosen to take part in the DACA program have shown a 95 percent study and work rate, with the contribution made to many different companies called invaluable by industry leaders. Earnings for those registered under DACA are shown to have risen to a higher level than those seen in illegal immigrant not registered with DACA, bringing in many new taxes to the government of the U.S.