Now Playing:

News

Politics | local | News

Oregon DACA Recipients Face Fear And Uncertainty


Ingrid A. worked with Lake Oswego immigration lawyer Diane Grover (right) to apply for DACA status when she 18. Since then, she has pursued a career in medicine.

Ingrid A. worked with Lake Oswego immigration lawyer Diane Grover (right) to apply for DACA status when she 18. Since then, she has pursued a career in medicine.

Vern Uyetake/Pamplin Media

President Donald Trump’s decision last week to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months came as grim news to DACA’s more than 700,000 participants, as well as to the lawyers and advocacy groups who represent them.

“There was always the potential for the rug to be pulled out from under those with DACA, depending on who was elected president, and that’s where we are today,” says Diane Grover, an immigration attorney based in Lake Oswego. “Most of us are sick to our stomachs and angry, and ready to fight even harder for our clients.”

The DACA policy was initiated in 2012 under then-President Barack Obama. It allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children and met certain criteria to apply for a renewable two-year deferment from federal deportation procedures; it also allows them to apply for driver’s licenses and work permits.

In the past five years, Grover says she has helped several Portland-area undocumented young adults obtain or renew their DACA status.

Read more at Pamplin Media.

DACA

More News

More OPB

Related Content