Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, founder of Arizona-based civil and human rights organization, the Frontera Fund say albeit a small group, some Republican congressman are asking President Trump to protect young undocumented beneficiaries of the Deferred Action Program, known as “dreamers”.
Several representatives, Dan Donovan (New York), Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida), Jeff Denham and David Valadao (California) and Don Bacon (Nebraska) sent a letter last week telling the president that keeping DACA immigrants is “in the best interests of the nation.”
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin point out that all the funds that are spent on President Trump’s endeavor of mass deportations could be better spent on real criminals.
The congressman said that young children are brought to the United States at an early age and have no choice in the matter.
They are not attempting to violate the law voluntarily, and these cases require careful analysis and the administration should be careful about what is best for the interests of the country.
Congressmen noted in the letter that “dreamers” are studying at American universities, have work permits, they pay taxes, and that many are buying their first cars and homes. All of this generates revenue for our local, state and federal governments.
Larkin and Lacey point out that local, state, and federal governments could lose millions in tax revenue from mass deportations.
Although President Trump is considering dreamers, the administration has pointed out how citizens voted in the last election and how they are depending on Trump to keep his promises.
The Fear and Anxiety
Larkin and Lacey say this tough immigration policy spearheaded by President Trump is causing anxiety, not only to the parents but to the children of immigrants. They fear the threat of separation and this translates into everyday stress.
The government has a disregard for the emotional toil deportation and separation of family members has on society. The situation is exacerbated by barriers that many immigrants have to access adequate medical care and healthy eating.
Larkin and Lacey say the byproducts of these deportations are tremendous, and have many long-term consequences. The fear causes the poor to shy away from medical care, and many drop out of high school, and then there is poverty.
The number of illegal immigrants enrolled in public assistance is low for fear of having to interact with public institutions.
The agenda of mass deportation of immigrants will have a lasting impact on future students, the workforce and leaders, as well as embracing a diverse community.
Since 2014, the Frontera Fund, a human and civil rights organization, has advocated for the less fortunate, that including immigrants and migrant workers. Based in Arizona, founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have campaigned for immigrant rights.
Joining other grassroots organizations, the Frontera Fund carries out their mission of building upon voices through mass campaigning to realize change.
After realizing their own civil rights had been violated by then Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used proceeds from a multi-million dollar legal settlement to establish the Frontera Fund.