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Dreamers rally at state capitol

SALEM, Oregon – Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program held a rally at the capitol building in Salem yesterday. Organizers say their goal is to send a message to Congress.

State Senate President Peter Courtney says he’s discouraged that Congress has failed to act on a permanent solution to DACA.

“I’ve come to realize that this fight, and I must tell you this, will have to be fought at the state levels,” Courtney told the demonstrators. “Yes, I wish Congress and the president would step up. I don’t like to point fingers, but I’m afraid that’s just not going to happen.”

Anieve Aragon is a DACA recipient, a mother, and a paramedic. She’s worried about her future.

“The news we received with our March 5 deadline and no action happening, Congress has failed us, and we are still in limbo,” she said.

The Oregon Legislature sent bills to the governor that will allow DACA recipients to extend their driver licenses and state identification cards. They’re also allowed to apply for state education grants without filing for the federal approval process. Those changes are for the coming two years.

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