Organizations Keep Up Preparations for Immigration Relief

February 19, 2015

Organizations Keep Up Preparations for Immigration Relief

Efforts Continue Despite Temporary Block

 

(Chicago—February 19, 2015) Despite an anti-immigrant judge’s order temporarily halting the new immigration relief programs announced by the White House last fall, Illinois’s immigrant community leadership is urging those who might be eligible to continue to prepare to apply. Confident that a higher court will reverse the ruling on appeal, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and its dozens of partners across the state are organizing workshops where potential applicants can learn about who qualifies for the programs and what documents they might need to submit. (A schedule of upcoming workshops can be found below.)

 

The expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs will allow certain immigrants to receive protection from deportation and permission to work legally, enabling them to increase their annual earnings by an average of $2,000 and further contribute to the tax revenue and economic wellbeing of the state. Monday’s decision by a Texas federal judge to temporarily halt these programs disappointed many would-be applicants, but also provides more time for community members to get informed, gather documents, and seek expert advice from lawyers and qualified paralegals at nonprofit organizations.

 

The judge’s order also does not block the existing DACA program, which began in 2012. Immigrants who qualify for the current DACA program can still apply for DACA protection or renew their previous grant. The White House announcement in November 2014 creating DAPA also extended eligibility for DACA to approximately 80,000 Illinois immigrants who came to the US as children. DAPA could cover as many as 200,000 more immigrants who are parents of children who are US citizens or green-card holders.

More information about DAPA and DACA can be found at the Illinois is Ready campaign website, www.ilisready.org, and through ICIRR’s Family Support Hotline, 855-HELP-MY-FAMILY (855-435-7693).

Upcoming DACA/DAPA sessions 

  • Friday, 2/20/15, 4pm-7pm: Inmigración presentaciones sobre “acciones ejecutivas,” C E Brehm Memorial Library, 101 S. 7th Street, Mount Vernon, IL 62864
  • Saturday, 2/21/15, 9am-12pm: The Resurrection Project – DACA Workshop, 1818 S. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60608
  • Saturday, 2/21/15, 1pm-4pm: Inmigración Presentaciones Sobre “Acciones Ejecutivas,” Helen Matthes Library, 100 E Market Ave, Effingham, IL 62401
  • Sunday, 2/22/15, 1:30pm-3:30pm: Southwest Suburban Immigration Project – Sesion de informacion sobre DACA y DAPA, Iglesia de San Patricio en Joliet, 720 S. Marion St., Joliet, IL 60436
  • Tuesday, 2/24/15, 6:30pm-9:30pm: Community Christian Church, 76 S LaSalle Street, Aurora IL, 60505
  • Wednesday, 2/25/15, 10am-11am: Mujeres Latinas en Accion, 2124 W. 21st Place, Chicago, IL 60608
  • Friday, 2/27/15, 9am-5pm: World Relief DuPage – DACA workshop, 1825 College Ave., Wheaton , IL 60187
  • In addition, DAPA information sessions are held every Tuesday evening at 6pm at West Suburban Action Project (PASO), 2001 W. Janice, Melrose Park, IL 60160.

 

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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