Supporting DACA and Dreamers
October 5, 2017
This afternoon, Council passed a resolution supporting our Dreamers, also known as recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The resolution also calls on Congress to pass the "DREAM Act," creating a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. It further provides a grant of $50,000 to the Oregon DACA Coalition to help offset the costs of DACA renewal fees.
There are 800,000 Dreamers nationally: 11,000 call Oregon home. President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was foolish, cruel, and short-sighted.
Special thanks to our own Mariana Garcia Medina for helping to draft the resolution. She is a valued member of the Fish team at City Hall and a Dreamer. And to our panelists, including Andrea Williams, Executive Director of Causa Oregon; Leonardo Reyes, founder of the Oregon DACA Coalition; Jimmy Dogo from the New Portlanders Commission; and Daniel Franco-Nuñez from the Human Rights Commission.
You can read the resolution, Commissioner Fish’s statement on President Trump's decision to rescind DACA, and Mariana's testimony.