U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the Dream Act will be a reality one day, as will comprehensive immigration reform. Speaking to the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice conference in Chicago Friday morning, Durbin encourage ethnic groups to guide young people who are eligible for deferred action, which is administrative relief for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and who are attending or attended school or who are serving or served in the military.
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He acknowledges it’s just a step in getting the Dream Act passed or implementing immigration reform, but nonetheless it’s an important step. “We’re going to get this done,” Durbin said of the next step of passing the Dream Act. “The greatest legislative efforts in the history of this country when it comes to human rights and civil rights have required patience and endurance and determination.” Durbin says community involvement is important as there are lawyers looking to take advantage of those eligible for deferred action. On top of the $500 fee to apply, Durbin says attorney’s fees run $1,500. He says some immigration attorneys are on the level, but some are looking to take advantage of the applicants.