10:46 pm - Tuesday January 23, 2018

ICIRR Celebrates Historic Dream Relief Day

Senator Durbin, Congressman Gutierrez and Mayor Emanuel join thousands of undocumented youth, who will be applying for deferred action that will grant them temporary relief for opportunity to live and work in the US lawfully


WHAT: The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) will be joined by Senator Durbin, Congressman Gutierrez, Mayor Emanuel and other dignitaries in assisting thousands of undocumented students apply for deferred action, which will grant them the opportunity to temporarily live and work in the U.S. lawfully.


On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that it would offer many undocumented youths the opportunity to seek “deferred action.” The memorandum offers hope to more than 75,000 youths in Illinois who would be eligible for permanent legal status under the proposed federal DREAM Act. The historic DREAM Relief Day will be the first opportunity for undocumented students to apply for the President’s “deferred action” initiative, allowing them to be shielded from deportation and eligible for work permits, driver’s licenses, and other basic protections.


The DREAM Relief victory could not have been won without a sustained national effort, led by brave children and families “coming out of the shadows” to tell their stories. ICIRR is proud to belong to two national networks that exemplify that sustained commitment to lifting up the leadership or our most vulnerable families: the Center for Community Change’s Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and the Equal Voices Campaign for American Families.


ICIRR will have the capacity to provide full-service assistance for 1,500 DREAM Act-eligible youth that includes help with completing deferred action applications, and free information and consultation for up to 5,000 DREAM Act-eligible youths who will also be given a packet that includes a list of required supporting documents, an eligibility checklist, an attorney referral list, a list of GED programs, and a list of upcoming workshop locations and dates.


ICIRR recommends that anyone coming to DREAM Relief Day

· Come prepared with all the required documents listed on dreamrelief.org

· Come early and plan to spend all day

· Expect long lines

· Bring plenty of food and water.

August 15 is only the first day to apply for deferred action. DREAM Act-eligible youth will still be able to apply for deferred action after August 15, and ICIRR will be organizing a series of additional workshops over the next several months. We encourage people to visit dreamrelief.org for information on required documents and further workshops after August 15.


WHEN: Wednesday, August 15 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


WHERE: Navy Pier 600 East Grand Avenue – Grand Ball room, Chicago Illinois

9:00 am – Noon – Workshop for DREAM eligible youth (screening and assistance with application) and college fair with DePaul University, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, City Colleges of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


12:30 pm – Photo-op with dignitaries assisting DREAMers apply for deferred action

1:00 pm – Ceremony with Senator Durbin, Congressman Gutierrez and Mayor Emanuel, Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas, and business, education, and other religious leaders



VISUALS: Undocumented youth applying for deferred action, people in line talking to attorneys, stories of undocumented youth, national and local dignitaries.



The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.



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