WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s senators will be taking stories from Oregon DACA recipients to Capitol Hill as Congress considers legislation to make Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals permanent.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley says President Trump’s announcement that the DACA program would be eliminated has disrupted the lives of the program’s recipients.
“It’s heartless from the point of view of the limbo that people are having to live in,” he said.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is working to get three bills passed. One of those would protect DACA information.
“(It’s) to ensure that they aren’t targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation,” Wyden said.
Wyden’s other bills are the Dream Act which would grant permanent legal protection for more than 1 million illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they turned 18; and the Bridge Act, which would extend DACA for three years.
Wyden says eliminating DACA would be a mistake.
“The idea that you would punish innocent young people and split families apart goes against all the values that we feel strongly about as Oregonians,” Wyden said.
“We must ring the bell on this bill being signed in the Oval Office before the bell rings in the new year,” Merkley said.
The White House has released a list of immigration reforms that it says must occur in exchange for a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The Atlantic reports the proposal includes cuts to legal immigration, crackdowns on Sanctuary Cities, and completing construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States.