The decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program leaves 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to this country by their parents in a confusing, uncertain and vulnerable situation. Many may lose their work authorization, abandon their school and education plans and could be subject to deportation. In Oregon, more than 11,000 immigrants legally qualified under DACA, allowing them to work or pursue their educational opportunities. For the vast majority, this is the country they consider to be their home.
We are concerned that a decision to abruptly end DACA will unnecessarily create serious and significant disruption to the lives of those individuals who have qualified for the program. It will likewise impact their employers and the educational institutions that are working with them to help them achieve their goals. Those qualified individuals who are working are contributing to Oregon’s economy by paying taxes and as active participants in their communities. Those who are in school are contributing their knowledge and experience to the educational culture where they are attending. The disruption created by this uncertainty is damaging for all involved.
OCF is a participating member of the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative. The collaborative includes the Collins Foundation, MRG Foundation, and the Meyer Memorial Trust. We are committed to supporting initiatives with our community nonprofit partners that provide information, support and resources for those impacted by these decisions. This spring, OCF established the DACA, Immigrant and Refugee Fund to support the grantmaking activities of the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative. OCF accepts contributions to the Fund for those interested in participating in this work.