Kennedy’s support for the movement effectively forced his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, to back it as well, even though Johnson had opposed civil rights legislation during his twelve years as Senate majority leader. Johnson realized that he had to honor Kennedy’s commitment to the movement in order to unite the Democratic Party and lead it effectively. He therefore put all his energy into pushing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , a tougher civil rights bill than even Kennedy had envisioned. Johnson later followed through with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . Even though these acts were landmark achievements and finally gave black Americans equal social and political rights, Johnson likely would not have endorsed them had it not been for Kennedy’s prior commitment. In fact, after Johnson had done what he considered to be his political duty, he ordered the FBI to investigate civil rights activists and organizations for alleged ties to Communism.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (herein DACA) is a program President Obama initiated with a executive order in June 2012. It allows children who entered the United States illegally before 2007 to obtain two-year work permits in perpetuity. It does not provide a path for citizenships nor welfare privileges. It only makes it possible for these children who are now young adults to be able to become productive members of our society. Currently approximately 800,000 people are enrolled in the program, which pays for itself via its own application fees.