Wednesday is the first day for young immigrants in the U.S. illegally to apply for legal status, and there is a big workshop at Navy Pier today to help folks navigate through the process. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) the "father" of the DREAM Act, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) one of the leads on immigration in the House and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among the political figures who will be at Navy Pier.
The deferrals are a result of an Obama Administration rule change to allow "deferred action" for qualifying youths in the U.S. illegally through no fault of their own.
The Navy Pier workshops are organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
From release: ICRRR "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.