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Frontera Fund News Amazing Release on DACA Program

by WilliamV .

The majority members of GOP have launched several fronts of attack against the DACA program. The eye-catching news is spreading across networks and young immigrants’ organizations. Frontera Fund News recently released a letter written by Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, addressing the Trump administration asking them to annul the DACA program. The news on DACA program in Peril titled Organize like a Dreamer was written by Carmen Cornejo.

This action will not be an abrupt termination but instead, they are suggesting a “phasing off,” whereby there will be no renewals and new applications will not be considered. The letter threatened that legal action would be taken if their demands are not met.The letter contained names of one governor of red states and nine attorneys general.

Members of the Hispanic Caucus had a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. He said that DACA program protecting 800,000 individual is facing a threat. Moreover, Kelly stated legal cases that are already against DACA program as the primary reason for his communication. Dreamers and advocates have beguncampaigning for some weeks, but John’s announcement was the most critical one. This tension makes Kelly improve his efforts in communicating to the community on the importance of DACA program.

DACA program is currently in its fifth year of implementation and has brought tremendous contributions to the U.S.95% of DACA beneficiaries study or work or do both and have benefited from the millions the program donate to colleges and universities. The program has worked to improve their earnings and pay higher taxes. Most of the economic profits made by DACA individuals are invested in creating businesses, buying homes and cars and advancing their education.

With the program in jeopardy, DACA individuals are facing a chance of losing their allowances with the Trump administration and their permit to work in the U.S.Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund will be working to provide assistance, guidance, and information in the fight to preserve DACA and work towards finding a permanent solution.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was established to provide undocumented youth who meet specific qualifications with a social security number, protection against deportation, and the opportunity to have a career in the U.S for a renewable period of two years. Moreover, the program also allows them to have a driver’s license and access in state-tuition fees.

The program created by President Obama after Congress failed to pass the Development,Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. DACA program has protected many people under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, who moved to the United States before the age of 16.Moreover, they should have resided in the U.S since June 15, 2007up to date. DACA program has protected many people.

 

How The Frontera Fund Came To Be

by WilliamV .

On the date of October 18, 2007, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves being handcuffed and arrested, by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his team of officers. Both Larkin and Lacey, business executives at Village Voice Media, were taken away from their homes in Phoenix, Arizona, by force and transported with unmarked vehicles with tinted windows and featuring Mexican license plates. A few hours later, Larkin and Lacey were jailed separately per Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s decision.

 

Joe Arpaio is self-entitled “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. His motivation for the arrest was due to the fact that Phoenix New Times featured Arpaio’s several misdeeds in several articles. The newspaper published stories exposing Arpaio’s involvement motivating an anti-Mexican movement in the state of Arizona. The Phoenix New Times exposed not only Arpaio’s irregularities but also his bad sheriff office management; for improper employment of power and authority against Arpaio’s enemies; for terrible jail sanitation; for treating jail inmates badly and even some that died due to Arpaio’s actions; for persistent persecution, racial profiling and detaining Latinos unconstitutionally.

 

After Arpaio detained Larkin and Lacey because they ran a story about illegal grand jury subpoenas in the Phoenix New Times, both ended up being released as well as charges being dropped in less than a day’s time due to a large number of people calling out against Arpaio.

 

Due to the illegal arrest and incarcerations of Larkin and Lacey, a court case was filed which reviewed the 1st Amendment rights as well as the abuse of power. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the grand jury subpoenas had no validity because Arpaio failed to follow necessary legal steps and the arrests occurred without a probable cause.

 

In the year of 2013, Larkin and Lacey were awarded $3.7 million in a settlement. Part of the amount was used to set up the Frontera Fund. The fund is destined to supporting the Hispanic community’s civil rights against abuse in the state of Arizona.

 

Larkin learned that helping less fortunate people is important. He believes in helping Mexican immigrants seeking jobs as well as opportunities in the United States of America.

 

Larkin and Lacey have already distributed funds in helping nonprofit groups to defend Hispanic civil rights in the state. Racial profiling another issue that Larkin and Lacey are combating.

 

Lacey understands that individuals in Arizona are not in favor of persecuting migrants due to the fact that all Americans come from migrants. Due to these reasons, Larkin and Lacey support migrants.

Thor Halvorssen on Socialism

by WilliamV .

The 2016 Presidential Election has brought up several issues with which the public has never really been confronted. Since people have generally never heard of these issues, it can be easy to glamorize them. It is easy to tell people what is great about socialism because the citizens of the United States do not know the demerits or the history of socialism. In this video, Thor Halvorssen pointed that out. He suggested that socialism is being misrepresented, as only the strengths are emphasized and people are not being given a full and fair treatment of the pertinent issues related to socialism.

 

He Acknowledged That Sometimes It Works

As discussed in this Reddit thread, it is easily to point to a prosperous nation who has socialist policies. Many of us will look to places such as Denmark as a land of peace and prosperity and has a properly functioning socialist government. Yet, argues Halvorssen, there are several counter-examples wherein socialism has been been abused. We would not hastily say that socialism cannot work. But it very often does not work. He does not support socialism because of its’ history. There is too much depth. It is not sufficient to say that it is a countermove against the greed of the wealthy. It is far more than that.

 

Redistribution of Wealth Does Not Work

The socialist model (as we have heard throughout the presidential election) is to tax the rich and distribute that money among the poor in the form of an increased minimum wage and other feature that the people find compelling. The problem that Halvorssen pointed out is that this necessarily limits the national economy. As a result, we only have a finite amount of money. On capitalism, there is a constant influx. So while the rich will continue to become richer, the poor will as well. That is why the poor in the US are better off than the poor in third world countries.

 

While one may be compelled by the idea of taking somebody else’s money, it is something like putting a bandaid over the wound from a gunshot. It is an oversimplification of a complex problem.

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