DACA experts speak at City Club of Eugene meeting

Several members of City Club gathered in the downtown Baker Center on Friday, eager to hear from a DACA recipient as well as an immigration lawyer.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 6:01 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 6:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- City Club of Eugene held their last meeting of the summer Friday and the topic up for discussion was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which provides protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.

Several members of City Club gathered in the downtown Baker Center, eager to hear from a DACA recipient and immigration lawyer.

Hugo Nicolas said he was born in Mexico and was brought to Oregon as a child where he grew up and eventually graduated from the University of Oregon.

Nicolas said he has worked hard to earn everything in his life. He said DACA is an essential program which allows himself and millions of others to feel like they belong in this country.

"I came to this country. I had nothing. I just had hope for a better life,” Nicolas said. “Obviously I have been trying to serve my country and being able to fit in as much as I can. Working for a bank, helping small businesses, being involved in my church and being involved in my community, so I want to show that I fit in."

Raquel Hecht, an immigration lawyer in Eugene, also spoke during the meeting. She believes we need to give DACA recipients legal status and work on how to regulate the flow of immigrants.

The City Club of Eugene’s next meeting is Sept. 7.

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