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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Keeping Families Together Campaign launched in Oregon | OR Drivers Licenses Granted To DACA Recipients

Keeping Families Together Campaign launched in Oregon | OR Drivers Licenses Granted To DACA Recipients

Portland, Ore. -- Yesterday, Causa OregonOregon School Employees Association (OSEA)Basic Rights Oregon and immigrationreform allies gathered in front of the USCIS Field Office in Portland to launch the national Keeping Families Together Campaign in Oregon. 

Those who spoke included Francisco Lopez, Causa’s Executive DirectorJeanne Frazzini, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregonand Tim Stoelb, President of Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA). Several people also told their personal stories including Oregon DREAMers Miriam Corona and Hugo Nicolas, and Brian Ramos, whose mother was deported.

During the Press Conference, Causa’s Executive Director Francisco Lopez said, “Today we launch our campaign, Keeping Families Together, in Oregon.  Keeping Families Together is a national campaign to advocate for the legalization of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The President and Congress have said they are serious about passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform and that it’s a #1 priority for this Legislative Session in Washington D.C.  We will work to ensure there is a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.”

Causa Oregon is a partner in the Keeping Families Together campaign which brings together individuals, community organizations and leaders, and elected officials from across the nation who supports humane immigration reform, legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants and policies to keep families together.

Lopez added, “On the State Level, we want driver’s license restoration for all undocumented immigrants living and working in Oregon because it is a public safety issue. We want people to have driver’s licenses when they drive. Also, we want to Tuition Equity legislation passed.  It is important that young people have the ability to attend public university. Tuition Equity is the way to achieve this.”

According to The Oregonian, the Oregon DMV made an official announcement this morning that it will now grant driver’s licenses to those under the Deferred Action (DACA) program.  The department will accept deferred action work permits, renewable every two years, as proof of lawful presence in the United States. They said that the Driver's licenses or identification cards will have expiration dates that match those on the individual's immigration form.

Governor John Kitzhaber responded in a press release saying, "The Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program authorizes qualified immigrants to work in the United States. People need the ability to travel safely to and from work, and I am pleased DMV will begin issuing driver licenses to DACA residents. It's the right decision, and it will provide certainty for working families and employers."

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News Coverage
‘Deferred Action’ applicants in Oregon win driving rights – El Hispanic News
Young Oregon immigrants granted driver's licenses under deportation deferral program – The Oregonian
Oregon Latino Rights Group Lays Out 2013 Goals -- Oregon Public Broadcasting
Immigrant rights group Causa launches campaign for immigration reform -- The Oregonian
Se lanza campaña "Mantengamos Familias Unidas" -- Univision KUNP-TV Portland

Keeping Families Together Campaign
Our nation’s broken immigration system tears families apart. With 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country, the largest grassroots immigrant rights organizations are launching a new campaign to fix our patchwork of failed and mismanaged immigration policies so that families have a pathway to citizenship and can stay together.

These families will be the voice of the “Keeping Families Together” campaign. They will lift the veil on the moral crisis of family separation and tell their story of our broken immigration process to illustrate why we need change now.
Keeping Families Together highlights the stories of immigrant families who struggle to cope with the heartbreaking effects of our country’s broken immigration system. The website encourages people to share their personal stories and empowers them by building a community to advocate for immigration reform.

Uniting with immigrant activists, advocates and champions, these families will demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. The Keeping Families Together campaign tour will stop in cities across the country, including New York, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., among others. Family stories will be told at campaign rallies, vigils and community dinners and will be recorded and shared with policymakers.

Keeping Families Together is a project of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and powered by the Center for Community Change. It brings together individuals, community organizations and leaders, and elected officials from across the Nation who support humane immigration reform and policies to keep families together. For more information, please visit

About Causa Oregon
Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization, is the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit


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