DACA members continue to push for bipartisan bill
EUGENE, Ore. - Democrats and Republicans are continuing working towards reaching a bipartisan bill to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.
Senator John McCain tweeted a statement on Monday saying he plans to introduce a bill that would protect Dreamers, and many residents of Eugene and Springfield are watching this bill closely.
Jesus Narvaez, one of the six DACA recipients from Oregon that attended the State of the Union Address last week. He hopes that congress will soon reach an agreement for DACA recipients like him.
Narvaez is one of the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who is protected under DACA. Narvaez has been fighting for a bipartisan bill to protect DACA, making several trips to Washington D.C., and attending the State of The Union as Congressman Peter DeFazio's guest, joing about two dozen other DACA recipients around the country.
"The most in the history of the U.S. to be at the State of the Union as an undocumented DACA recipient," said Narvaez. "It was pretty powerful to be there."
Senator McCain's introduction of a bill with Democrat Chris Coons is something that Immigration Attorney Abigail Molina says will protect more Dreamers.
"It's actually expanding it to include individuals who entered before December 31, 2013," said Molina. "So it's a bigger group of people than previously."
"There is still a lot of uncertainty about when people should apply," said Molina. "Some people, you're supposed to only apply 5-6 months before your permit expires, but some other people are wanting to apply sooner because of the unknown. What is the litigation goes against DACA in the future?"
As for Narvaez, he just renewed his DACA in November, and started the process before the program was rescinded.
He still has time, but it's a question of time for other Dreamers, as they wait for congress to act.