Welcoming Beaverton

Basic Info & Resources on the Repeal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

As Beaverton and cities across the country prepare to celebrate National Welcoming Week from Sept. 15 - 24, communities are absorbing the announcement that the federal DACA program has been terminated. As a Welcoming City, we are very concerned about the impact of this decision on Beaverton residents. During Welcoming Week, we will celebrate the contributions of these young Americans and highlight how inclusion makes us stronger. Here is some key information about the repeal:

  • What is DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was instituted in 2012 and created a way for “Dreamers” (young adults who were brought to the US at the average age of 6) to apply for a renewable, 2-year work permit and temporary protection from deportation.
  • Who will the DACA repeal impact? There are around 800,000 DACA recipients nationally and 11,000 in Oregon. 73% of DACA recipients have a US citizen sibling, child, or spouse. With the repeal, they face losing their jobs, health care, and access to education; as well as the risk of deportation.
  • What are the specifics for DACA-eligible individuals?
    1. Current DACA status and work permits are valid until expiration;
    2. First-time applications for DACA will no longer be accepted;
    3. Individuals whose DACA and work permits expire in the next six months may apply for one additional 2-year renewal before October 5th;
    4. DACA recipients will no longer be granted permission to travel abroad.
  • Where do I find more info and resources?
*** NEW WELCOMING WEEK EVENT ADDED: DACA INFORMATION FORUM – Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Cathy Stanton Conference Room, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St. ***

About Welcoming Beaverton


Welcoming Beaverton is an initiative through the City of Beaverton’s Mayor’s Office to recognize, welcome and support the successful integration of our local immigrant community. The City of Beaverton is a proud member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative – a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all. Beaverton became a Welcoming City in April 2015. 

Messages of Welcome


Beaverton is a Sanctuary City


City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution declaring Beaverton a sanctuary city in January 2017. The resolution states that the city is committed to providing a safe community for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or immigration status, and reaffirms that local resources will not be used to enforce federal immigration law. In doing so, the city emphasized the importance of ensuring that all community members feel safe in contacting law enforcement and in accessing critical city services without fear. 

Welcoming Beaverton Community Partners


Thank you to our official community partners!

  • Adelante Mujeres
  • Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Beaverton School District
  • Center for Intercultural Wellness
  • Centro Cultural
  • Community Portland for Affordable Housing
  • IMPACT Beaverton
  • Impact NW
  • Iraqi Society of Oregon
  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
  • Tualatin River Keepers
  • Unite Oregon
  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
  • Vision Action Network

Welcoming Beaverton partner pledge

About Welcoming Week


Welcoming Week is an annual series of events in which communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. This year, Beaverton Welcoming Week will be celebrated from Sept. 15 - 24, 2017.

About the Welcoming Beaverton Mini-Grants


Each year, the City of Beaverton’s Cultural Inclusion Program sponsors mini-grants for small, community driven projects designed to bring together immigrant and receiving communities.

  1. to increase opportunities for cross-cultural exchange,
  2. support welcoming and connected neighborhoods,
  3. build relationships and understanding to unite residents, and
  4. foster pride in our diverse community.
  • Recipients of the 2017 Welcoming Beaverton Mini Grants: Beaverton Farmer’s Market, Beaverton Potluck Group, BESThq/Adelante Mujeres, Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors, Prisma Comm, Tualatin Riverkeepers.
  • Recipients of the 2016 Welcoming Beaverton Mini Grants: Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors, Islamic Center of Portland/Vose Neighborhood Association Committee, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, Spice of Africa

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