Imagine having everything you have ever know suddenly ripped away from you, in spite of you working hard to build a future for yourself and your family. This is exactly what the recent repeal of the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or more commonly known as the “Dreamers” program is trying to do. DADC provides undocumented children safety from being deported as long as they meet a set of stringent prerequisites. It allows them to obtain a social security number and the chance to work in the US for a period of two years, which is then renewable. In many states they may acquire a driver license and can get access to be able to pay in-state tuition fees for college.
95% of all dreamer work, study or do both. They pay millions of dollars towards tuition for universities as well as millions in taxes. They buy homes, cars and contribute to the economy every single day. They must have never convicted of any crimes and in addition pay nearly $500 per year to continue with the program. Many of these over 800,000 people were brought into the US as tiny children, making the US the only home they’ve ever actually known. They have contributed to their local communities as well as the larger business and education markets on many levels, providing growth and innovation.
In October 2007, two journalist and co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were awoken from their beds at home and arrested by notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the “crime” of revealing that the grand jury had started proceedings that wanted information collected by Lacey and Larkin that involved the Sheriff. Even more frightening, it was found that the grand jury subpoenas insisted to know the identity of people who had read the New Times stories online involving Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin sued the county after their arrest, winning a $3.75 million dollar settlement, that they then dedicated the entire amount towards funding causes that fight for migrant rights throughout Arizona. Their organization, the Frontera Fund, supports organizations that fight for civil rights as well as basic human rights on top of immigrant rights. This also includes groups that fight for freedom of speech issues and encourage involvement in political and ethical issues in Arizona and beyond as needed.