Frontera Fund and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
In June 2012 a policy was created by president Barack Obama called DACA. DACA is an abbreviation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is a program and immigration policy that allowed some young people who entered the United States of America illigally to stay for 2 years longer and be eligible to work. In September 2017 president Donald Trump ordered that the DACA policy be canceled. President Trump made statements that he was concerned for american jobs being taken by those who are in the country illegal. After President Trump ended DACA he then changed his mind and renewed the policy allowing those already here known as “dreamers” to stay and work until 2019.
Frontera Fund provides information, assistance, and guidance in an effort to keep DACA policy. Frontera Fund is an organization that calls for its supporters to organize and fight against the elimination of DACA.
In the state of Texas the Attorney General Ken Paxton has been addressing the issue and calling upon the Trump addministration to revoke the DACA policy. Nine other Attorney Generals form other states have backed Ken Paxton’s request by signing a letter sent to the President of the United States. In response to this letter an organization was created called The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition is the first immigrant youth-led organization in the state of Arizona.
The Frontera Fund was started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are two journalists primarily associated with the state of Arizona. Larking and Lacey are also co-founders of two media sources called the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.
The Frontera Fund was created after Larkin and Lacey were arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff Office. Larkin and Lacey were arrested in their homes overnight and were incarcerated for under 24 hours. The reason they were arrested was under a false pretense of failure to comply with an order to turn over personal information that Joe Arpio had requested. These journalists had revealed information about Joe Arpio online prior to their arrest.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey both sued the county of Maricopa in Arizona for an unconstitutional arrest and won in a settlement. The settlement amount was 3.75 Million US dollars. Lacey and Larkin then used the settlement money to form the Frontera Fund.
Today the Frontera Fund partners with many other civil rights organizations to spread their message and provide help to undocumented immigrants.