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What’s DACA All About?

Most American citizens are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of immigrants. We know from our own family stories that whatever our roots, we found pathways to inclusion in the community, to productive places in the workforce, and to wide-ranging spots on the social and political spectrum. Is the situation of immigrants different today? Are the immigrants themselves any different? In this panel, we will hear from two experts on DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Hugo Nicolas was born in Mexico. His family brought him to Salem, where he grew up. He was a Wayne Morse Scholar at the University of Oregon. He was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and UO student government. He was recognized by the Emerald Media Group and the Student Alumni Association as one of 25 outstanding Ducks, based upon his involvement at the UO, his community service, and his impact on campus and off. A DACA recipient, Hugo is a vocal advocate for immigration reform at the state and national level. He lives in Eugene, where he works as a Relationship Manager for KeyBank.

Raquel Hecht is a founding partner of Hecht & Norman, LLP, with offices in Eugene and Salem. She has been an immigration lawyer in Oregon for 25 years. She earned a BA from New York University, and graduate and law degrees from UCLA. She is a founder and current vice president of Grupo Latino de Accion Directa (GLAD), a non-profit that encourages under-represented groups in our community to participate in the political process. She has been a member of the Eugene Police Commission, the Lane Arts Council, the Human Rights Commission, the Eugene Research Institute, and Rotary, among other organizations.