A series of hands-on workshops to help youthful immigrants apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status are scheduled in the Lake County Area. The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) will co-sponsor one of these workshops on Thursday, December 13 from 5:00pm – 9:30pm for their families. These workshops are co-sponsored by the Northern Alliance for Immigrants (whose website is under development.) They are affiliated with the DREAM Relief project.
Applicants attending the workshops should bring the set of documents that are detailed on the flyer below to the session. There will be translators and attorneys who will help them assemble the application packet. (Bennu Legal Services is a co-sponsor.) There is a request for a $5 donation for materials. Some applicants may retain attorneys for a fee ranging from $100-$200.
These workshops were established after a similar program at Navy Pier turned away thousands of individuals who came to apply for DACA status. It was determined that the resources needed to help these young people in Lake and other northern counties are very limited. The Northern Alliance for Immigrants stepped in to organize workshops in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Kenosha, and other areas. A list of workshops in the northern counties can be found here.
Young people who came to the United States as children with their parents were directly affected by President Obama’s Executive Order the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. There are a number of requirements to meet before applying. The application is extensive and is renewable every 2 years. Approved individuals get work permits, social security numbers and qualify for drivers licenses. They become non-deportable. Approval allows young immigrants to continue with college and employment. DACA brochure is here. DACA webpage is here.
The SEDOL event on December 13, 2012 will accept only the first 100 participants and no one will be admitted after 6:30pm. To pre-register go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/630701170. For more information contact Priscilla Cuba, firstname.lastname@example.org, 847-548-2577, ext. 36.
For information about the DACA workshops contact, The Northern Alliance for Immigrants, Graciela Contreras, Executive Director , 847-514-6558, email@example.com. Other upcoming workshops are shown below. Click on the image to enlarge it.