For many young people, DACA was a way to achieve the American dream – to go to college, get a good job, start a business, and support a family. Now the program – and about 800,000 young people – are in jeopardy. More than 1,000 Dreamers live in Washington County alone.
“Back to square one. On September 2017, Trump decided to end DACA and with that hundreds of thousands of dreams. I remember feeling betrayed, hopeless, and distraught.”
We wish to raise up the young people who have made a difference in our community and celebrate their strength and bravery at a time when much of the country seems to be turning its back. Here at Bienestar, talented photographer Holly Andres has taken portraits of five outstanding DACA recipients, often called Dreamers. She’s collaborating with other Portland artists to turn those stunning photographs into an advocacy campaign called Dreamers of Oregon: Out of the Shadows.
Part of that campaign will play out on our Facebook Page, and you can participate by sharing the stories we post, and showing the world just what a Dreamer looks like.
What’s happening with DACA and the Dream Act right now?
(Current as of 2/12/18)
On Monday 2/12 the Senate has decided to open the floor to a debate about immigration. This is an unusual move for the Senate, and no one is sure what’s going to happen.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a record eight hour speech protesting the passing of a budget deal that does not address immigration issues.
The court decision to continue DACA for the time being means the March 5th deadline may no longer be as relevant to lawmakers, as it may extend the life of DACA by a few months. However, it only protects people who already hold DACA status–no new people may apply for protection.
Get involved to protect Dreamers
(Current as of 2/5/18)
As an empowered Latina woman, mom, wife, and DACA student, my life must be limitless. I cannot accept the limits that are being imposed on me and thousands of other DACAmented peers. We must all stick together, advocate for and uphold what is right. -Brianda, Dreamer
We all need to work together to advocate for the Dreamers who enrich our community. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to join the fight.
- Donate to Bienestar and help support Dreamers of Oregon: Out of the Shadows and other direct aid for Dreamers.
- Sign up for our mailing list to ensure you never miss an update on Dreamers of Oregon: Out of the Shadows.
- Share our social media posts and help spread awareness about Dreamers of Oregon: Out of the Shadows and the importance of passing a clean Dream Act.
- Bienestar Board Member Olivia Alcaire is the only woman and the only Latina on the Hillsboro City Council. Show up at a City Council Meeting and support her. Stand up and give a public comment thanking the City Council for making Hillsboro a Sanctuary City. (First and third Tuesdays of the month at 7pm)
- Take part in the IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice) monthly vigil at the Washington County Courthouse.
- Indivisible Hillsboro organizes a weekly march at the Washington County Courthouse to protest ICE activity in a sensitive, protected space. Meet up with them Mondays at 9 am in front of the Courthouse (look for the woman with all the signs.) There are no protests on holidays like President’s Day when the courthouse is closed.
- Call your representatives (you can look them up here)
Hi. I’m calling from [your ZIP] about the president’s anti-immigrant agenda. People who immigrate to the U.S. from other countries bring new jobs, create new business, and enrich our communities. I want [name of your representative] to support the Dream Act (S.1615/H.R. 3440), family unification, and no funding for a wasteful wall or surplus border staffing. Thank you.
(script from Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience Action Checklist)
- Talk to your friends and neighbors about immigrant rights (You can find some educational resources here)
- Support the Dreamers in your life, and leave a supportive message for the Dreamers at Bienestar.
Immigration Resources for immigrants and supporters
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