Group lights candles in honor of DACA recipients
Organizers are planning a candlelight vigil on Friday to honor the more than 800,000 people across the country who could be deported under new federal immigration policies.
Centro Cultural de Washington County plans to light 800 candles outside the Hillsboro Civic Center on Friday, Oct. 6. The vigil begins at 7 p.m.
Last month, President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, would be phased out within six months. The program granted temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who moved to the U.S. as children.
"The executive decision to rescind DACA not only impacts hundreds of thousands of youth across the country, but hundreds here in Washington County," Organizers wrote on Facebook. "Oct. 6th is the first day the program prevents recipients from renewing their permits."
The program worked with 800,000 recipients across the country. Organizers said that Friday's vigil will light 800 candles, one for every 1,000 DACA recipients.