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Rep. Schrader Invites DACA Recipient to State of the Union

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) has invited Juan Navarro of Monmouth, Oregon to be his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address this year. Navarro, a student at Oregon State University and one of more than 11,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in Oregon, immigrated with his parents from Guadalajara, Mexico at the age of three to seek medical treatment for his Cerebral Palsy. He is one of six Oregon Dreamers who will attend the State of the Union this year.

WATCH: Rep. Schrader shares Juan’s Story on the House Floor [VIDEO]

"I traveled across the country to come to DC to hear the State of the Union address in person to make a statement that Oregon Dreamers are watching the President as he plays chess with our lives,” said Juan Navarro. “I am not a pawn in anyone’s game. The DREAM Act would mean the world to me; I would be safe from deportation, and would be able to work when I finish my graduate degree, to vote, and to eventually run for office to represent my home of Oregon. Every day that Congress doesn’t act to pass a DREAM Act, 122 more DACA recipients fall out of status, losing the ability to go to school, to work, and to fully participate in our towns, states, and country. I can’t think of a more urgent reason to pass a DREAM Act – can you?”

“It’s my honor to have Juan here in Washington this week for the State of the Union,” said Rep. Schrader. “Juan is here, not only to represent the thousands of young folks in Oregon whose status is currently at risk, but to represent all of Oregon. This impressive young man has a bright future ahead, and it’s my mission to make sure that he, and every other Dreamer in this country, has the opportunity to fulfill his and her dreams here at home. Unless Congress acts, Oregon and the country at large will lose these talented young people from our workforce and communities.”

Last September, the Trump Administration announced an end to the DACA program beginning March 6, 2018 which will revoke the legal status of over 800,000 young people in the United States. Estimates show that over $605 million in gross state product (GSP) will be lost as a result in Oregon alone.

Congressman Schrader shared Juan’s story on the House floor last November as part of an ongoing series to share the stories of Oregon’s Dreamers since the administration’s announcement to end the DACA program. Listen to their stories below.

[VIDEO] Marco's Story: a Portland Dreamer, Bachelor’s Degree holder in Accounting, and accountant for an Oregon non-profit that benefits youth.

[VIDEO] Hugo's Story: a Salem Dreamer, company commander of high school JROTC, Salem “Youth of the Year” recipient, and University of Oregon Economics degree holder.

[VIDEO] Priscila's Story: a Salem Dreamer, Oregon State University Human Development & Family Sciences major, and aspiring guidance counselor for South Salem High School.

[VIDEO] Juan's Story: a Monmouth Dreamer, research patient with Cerebral Palsy at Shriners Hospital, Western Oregon University graduate, and current graduate student at Oregon State University.

[VIDEO] Diana's Story: a Portland Dreamer, National Honor Society member, and honors graduate of Benson Polytechnic High School.

[VIDEO] Aldo's Story: a Woodburn Dreamer, Portland State University student, and public health advocate.

[VIDEO] Leo's Story: a Salem Dreamer, full-time senior citizen and disabilities care worker, and co-founder of the Oregon DACA Coalition.