DACA recipients nervous about future of the program

Ricardo Lujan says the cost of applying to the DACA program has also gone up, in Phoenix, Oregon, on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Back in 2012, President Obama created the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" or DACA program through an executive order.

It gives recipients a renewable two-year work authorization permit. If someone is a recipient, it basically means the government knows they are here without documentation, but they are in the lowest priority of deportation, and due to funding, they are not going to allocate their resources to prioritizing the deportation of those people. Despite the low priority, some DACA recipients are still afraid.

"Everyday, I am nervous this might go away," recipient Ricardo Lujan said. "The fear never left since the minute we got it. We knew this was not a for sure thing. And again, this is just a bandaid to a problem that needs surgery. No executive order is going to fix the immigration problem."

Lujan with Unite Oregon said the last statistic showed tens of thousands of Oregonians applied for this program, but he said more people--who are eligible--are too afraid to apply.

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