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Immigration Initiatives—Summer Quarter Updates

Here are the latest immigration updates from the Forum.

Navigating DACA and Other Forms of Relief

The Forum continues to conduct DACA informational sessions with educational stakeholders and community members in suburban Cook County and DuPage County. The workshop is available in English, Spanish or Bilingual languages. For more information on the workshops, click here or review the Forum’s DACA Resource Packet.  To learn more about navigating DACA and other relief, contact Immigration Education Associate Qoc’avib Revolorio.


The Latino Policy Forum is outraged at the Supreme Court’s inability to reach a decision on the immigration executive actions announced by the Obama Administration on November 20, 2014 that would have allowed up to 5 million immigrants to apply for protection from deportation and work legally in the U.S.  Please read the Forum’s full statement on this issue and stay informed via the Forum’s e-Alerts, Facebook and Twitter.    

If you’re eligible, become a U.S. citizen.

The New American Democracy Campaign is organizing workshops across the Chicagoland region to help eligible people apply for their U.S. citizenship in time to vote in the 2016 presidential elections. If you or someone you know is an eligible legal permanent resident, click the link above for details.

Student ACCESS Bill Update

The Student Access Bill, SB2196, was approved by the Illinois House Higher Education committee by a 10-4 vote on May 11. The bill is in the process of moving to the Illinois House for a full floor vote. The timetable for a vote is to be determined as the entire Illinois State Legislature continues to grapple with the state budget crisis.  Martin Torres, Associate Director of the Forum, was on Adelante Chicago recently talking about the legislation and where it stands.  For updates, stay informed via Facebook and Twitter.

Special Report by NURP

The National UnDACAmented Research Project, in partnership with the Latino Policy Forum and other ally organizations released a special report on the economic obstacles faced by undocumented students attempting to access or remain in higher education in Illinois. The report, "‘How will I pay for it?’ Undocumented students and the barriers to college affordability" was led by Professor Roberto G. Gonzales of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. NURP is a multi-year national study that seeks to understand the impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the lives of DACA eligible young adults. 

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