Arizona Dream Act Coalition’s Fight Against the Termination of DACA
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition is a movement that was established by immigrant students in America. The Dreamers were responding to a law that was passed in 2006 requiring immigrant students to pay an exorbitant tuition fee and exempting them from benefiting from public scholarships. The ADAC currently advocates for education rights, lower tuition fees, and human and immigrant rights.
ADAC Opposes the Termination of DACA
Youth affiliated to the ADAC movement assembled at the State Capitol before the Fourth of July to oppose measures to end the DACA program. The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals permits them to work legally in the U.S. and enjoy a better life including the access to education.
The ADAC movement flanked by activists from other organizations strongly condemned the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, for requesting the Trump government to terminate DACA. The Attorney General’s letter is a ruthless and malicious suggestion aimed at restricting the opportunities and dreams of immigrant youth in Arizona.
The ADAC advised Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Governor Ducey not to append their names and state to the document and to withdraw the lawsuits that the state has filed against the “Dreamers”. One of the lawsuits involves in-state tuition while the other is about driver’s licenses.
According to Karina Ruiz, ADAC’s president, the lawsuits are a direct affront against immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. and make a huge contribution to the work, skills, and taxes in the country. Ruiz is a graduate of “Arizona State University” where he studied biochemistry. The original founders of ADAC competed to get private scholarships for college. They include a graduate of “Arizona State University’s College of Law” and a graduate of “Stanford University’s College of Engineering”.
About Lacey and Larkin
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey established Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. On October 2007, the duo was arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio after unraveling that there were grand jury proceedings that pursued reporters’ notes regarding articles about the Sheriff. There were more grand jury subpoenas that sought the identities of the people who read the New Times stories about the Sheriff.
The Phoenix New Times had posted reports about the gross mismanagement and financial irregularities in the sheriff’s office. The paper also wrote about the abuse of power against anyone who dared criticize the sheriff and on the poor health conditions in Arpaio’s prisons, the racial profiling, systematic persecution, and unconstitutional imprisonment of Latinos.
Lacey and Larkin have dedicated their careers to creating awareness of and defending their First Amendment rights. After their wrongful imprisonment by Arpaio, they had no intention of remaining silent on the matter. They filed a law suit against the county and prevailed in the Court of Appeals.
They were compensated with a $3.75 million settlement. Lacey and Larkin committed the funds from the settlement to supporting migrant rights groups in Arizona. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund offers its support to groups advocating for human, migrant, and civil rights, as well as freedom of civic participation and speech throughout Arizona including the Mexican border.
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