O’Halleran Caseworkers Fighting to Get DACA Recipient to Olympics
WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) advocating on behalf of Luis Grijalva, a Northern Arizona University track and field athlete who qualified to compete in the men’s 5,000-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, and now faces hurdles in getting the necessary paperwork approved to leave and return to the United States.
Grijalva, a 22-year-old originally from Guatemala, is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient, and was named as a qualifier to travel to Tokyo in early July, falling short of the standard 90 days typically needed to apply and be approved for an advance parole waiver to leave and return to the U.S. as a DREAMer.
Following reports that Grijalva may not have the opportunity to travel to Tokyo because of his immigration status, caseworkers in the Office of Congressman O’Halleran began pressuring USCIS, calling and sending a letter to Acting Tucson Field Director Joby Eberly.
“Young DREAMers are our neighbors, students, doctors, and teachers, and they deserve stability and access to the tools needed to pursue their dreams,” said O’Halleran. “Caseworkers on my staff have been working around the clock on this case and I’m calling on USCIS to expedite the needed paperwork to get Luis to Tokyo in time to compete.”
Men’s 5000-meter races begin Tuesday, August 3.