Congressman Luis Gutierrez joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to announce DREAM Relief Day on August 15 at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm and to unveil the website DreamRelief.org, where undocumented youth will be able to apply for their work permits starting August 15.
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that it would offer many DREAM Act-eligible youth temporary relief through “deferred action.” The memorandum offers hope to many eligible young adults by providing the opportunity to live and work in the US lawfully. The State of Illinois is home to over 75,000 DREAM Act-eligible youth.
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 free from deportation and eligible for work permits, driver’s licenses, and other basic protections.
DreamRelief.org is designed to provide undocumented youth with current updates, resources, and information about upcoming events. People can also call ICIRR’s family support hotline at 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY for information.
Youths must meet five criteria to qualify for deferred action:
- They must have come to the US before they turned 16
- They must have been born after June 15, 1981
- They must have continuously resided in the US since June 15, 2007, and must have been present in the US on June 15, 2012
- They must currently be in school, have received a high school diploma or GED, or been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces or the Coast Guard
- They must not have been convicted of a felony, a “significant misdemeanor,” multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. Anyone applying for deferred action would need to go through a criminal background check.