Dream Day will be Aug. 15 That’s the day that illegal immigrants eligible for legalization under the provisions of the DREAM Act may begin to apply.

“Here in Illinois, between 75,000 and 95,000 students will be eligible for this program,” says Lawrence Benito, director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced the particulars, in terms of how and where to apply, what documents are needed, and what the application fee will be.

This is a program that was announced in June to provide relief to young people who entered the United States illegally as children with their parents. Those who are eligible will be given a two-year work permit, which is renewable. They will not be offered citizenship under this program, which is a presidential executive order, not a statute.

To be eligible, applicants must:

- Have come to the United States before they turned 16

- Have been born after June 15, 1981 (30 years prior to the date the program was announced)

- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, and must have been present in the United States on June 15, 2012

- Be currently in school, or have received a high school diploma or GED, or been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard

- Not have been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanor offenses or pose a threat to national security or public safety. Those who apply will undergo a criminal background check.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has a website with updates at www.DreamRelief.org.

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