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Federal court ruling thrusts Dreamers into ‘limbo’

Betsaida Chavez Garcia grew up in Ontario. She is now a lawyer with Immigrant Justice Idaho. (Submitted photo)

ONTARIO – The future of thousands of Oregonians brought to the United States as children was thrust into uncertainty earlier this month when a federal judge in Texas ended some provisions of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. 

The program provides protection from deportation to 9,330 Oregonians, including an unknown number in Malheur County and 1,120 residents of the Boise metro area. 

While the judge’s July 16 decision prevents the federal Citizenship and Immigration Services from processing new DACA applications, the court decided that those who already have DACA status can continue to receive its benefits. Despite this protection for existing DACA recipients, or Dreamers, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum . . .