Local community group works to renew DACA permits

    Sign on September 5, 2017, at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in Eugene, Ore. (SBG/Clara Benitez)

    EUGENE, Ore. - Almost two weeks removed from President Trump announcing that he was ending DACA, community groups around the nation are still coming together to help those who are affected by the change.

    In Eugene, Centro Latino Americano is one of those groups.

    Aiming to help residents by providing them with social services, Centro Latino Americano has set up a clinic to help current DACA recipients renew permits if they are eligible.

    Centro Latino Americano estimates that 120 residents of Lane County are eligible to renew their DACA permits, and every renewal costs around $500.

    With this estimate, they have set a fundraising goal of $60,000 to help those who wouldn't be able to afford their renewal fees.

    "The idea was to have this event with enough time for people to send in their applications in a timely manner," said Karla Schmidt Murrillo of Centro Latino Americano. "UCIS has to have these applications by October 5th."

    The clinic will be held next Saturday at the Lane Education Service District.

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