Workshops are being organized to help those eligible for Deferred Action. Five workshops are being organized in Chicago that U.S. Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) hope will act as a model that can be expanded to other parts of the state.
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The workshops are being described as a “surge strategy” to help meet the demand for information and assistance on the deportation relief and work authorization program for young immigrants brought to the United States as children. The five workshops are being held on October 6 and those seeking help are being asked to pre-register. While Durbin says he hasn’t heard of such a large effort in other parts of the state he acknowledges the possible need for such help. “What I want to do is learn from this experience,” Durbin said. He says he wants to then figure out the best way to get the help in applying got Deferred Action to where it is needed most.
Gutierrez says if the workshops being held in Chicago go well it would provide a playbook for other communities with high immigrant populations to follow.