September 6, 2017

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury emailed the following statement to Multnomah County employees on September 6, 2017:

Dear Multnomah County Colleagues,

The Administration’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) jeopardizes 11,000 Oregonians, and we know it creates fear and uncertainty for families, clients, employees and our communities.

At Multnomah County we’re committed to doing everything we can to support employees’ right to work and contribute to the well-being of our community. We do not collect information on who is and who is not working with DACA authorization.

Though I don’t have all the answers, I understand there’s a need to provide access to accurate and timely information.

Although circumstances may change, here is what we know right now:

- DACA beneficiaries will not be affected until after March 5, 2018—six months from the date of the announcement, unless Congress acts sooner.

- No new DACA applications will be considered, but any applications filed before September 5, 2017, will still be processed.

- Current DACA recipients whose permits expire between now and March 5, 2018, have until October 5, 2017, to apply for renewal.

There are several resources that exist for both employees and clients. The Multnomah County Library created this resource page which includes information on civil rights protections, DACA/Dreamers information, and local organizations that could be helpful for our clients and for staff who are looking for more information.

Additionally, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center developed this community advisory memo which is a helpful resource to understand what the decision means.

I recognize the uncertainty this recent action introduces for county employees and their families. And we stand with the Dreamers in our community, looking to Congress for legislative action. Dreamers formed their identities here. They are our coworkers, friends, and family who help make this county the amazing place that it is.

Sincerely,

Deborah Kafoury