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Chicago Dream Relief in Demand

As many as 50,000 undocumented immigrants lined up for the program, according to estimates





By Anthony Ponce and Michelle Relerford

Undocumented immigrants who qualify for a new immigration relief program that would allow them to stay in the US without hassle turned out to Navy Pier to register.

Undocumented immigrants who qualify for a new immigration relief program that would allow them to stay in the US without hassle turned out to Navy Pier to register.

The turnout for Wednesday's Dream Relief workshop in Chicago was so strong that organizers began turning people away.

The line of undocumented students wrapped around Navy Pier and at one point across the Chicago River to apply for deferred action to allow them, at least in the short-term, not to worry about deportation. As many as 50,000 lined up for the program, according to estimates.

Following a major immigration policy change about two months ago, the Dream Relief workshop helps children who were illegally brought into the United States apply for a work permit and even a driver's license.

Five thousand people initially signed up for the workshop, and as the 9 a.m. start time came and went, the crowds kept filing toward the lake. Organizers said they would be able to provide full services for 1,500 people today and partial services to another 6,000.



The new policy announced by President Barack Obama this summer took effect Wednesday and will allow more than 75,000 young undocumented immigrants in Illinois and 1.7 million across the country the temporary right to live and work openly in the United States.

"It's an opportunity that we've been waiting for basically for a really long time," said applicant Edalid Miranda, "and finally it's here."

The program is open to applicants ages 15 to 31 who came to the country before they were 16 years old and have lived in the U.S. for the past five years.

Registrants were required to bring a proof of identity, as well as documentation of enrollment in school or honorable discharge from the Armed Forces. Registrants must not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanor offenses. Full details and restrictions are listed at dreamrelief.org.

"A lot of dreams are going to be accomplished by this," said Christian Lopez.

Workshops will be held each month through January, and because of the huge turnout, more workshops could be added.





Read More: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Hundreds-Line...

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  • Rock 2012/08/16 17:02:17
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    Where was the INS? They should have been filling up vans of folks. They should have had a couple of big boats on Lake Michigan and put them all on there and sailed straight to Mexico.
  • Ahrtal 2012/08/16 14:20:56
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    Twelve more f***in' years.......
  • schjaz 2012/08/16 14:15:30
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    +1
    tip of the iceberg.....just wait.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/08/16 13:14:55
    Just Where Are All The Unemployed African-Americans Going To Finds Jobs Now?
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
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    Good, maybe they'll realize what Obama's done to them.
  • Freeranger 2012/08/16 12:10:41
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    Tip of the iceberg......and how many are sucking on the tits of the American taxpayer??
  • schjaz Freeranger 2012/08/16 14:16:17
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    oo...that's what i said. ah, great minds......
  • Firefly 2012/08/16 06:07:44
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    " Registrants were required to bring a proof of identity, as well as documentation of enrollment in school or honorable discharge from the Armed Forces. "

    How do these people have proof of identity, and documentation for school, or military ?

    Ugh ~ I don't get it ~
  • USAF Vet 2012/08/16 05:47:45
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    Washington Crying

    Caption what Washington's thoughts about this would be:
  • zbacku USAF Vet 2012/08/16 12:43:43
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    One can only imagine the hurt and disgust of betrayal in his heart.
  • Don Leuty 2012/08/16 05:36:02
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    This going to be a real mess when the executive order is declared unconstitutional.
  • schjaz Don Leuty 2012/08/16 14:17:23
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    chaos in the streets...this administration is setting it all up.
  • Don Leuty schjaz 2012/08/17 11:24:21
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    That is why all the ammunition buys.
  • schjaz Don Leuty 2012/08/17 18:58:18
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    i know...i keep putting off buying a gun but i know i have to get it done. and soon. this could get so much uglier than anyone could possibly imagine.
  • Don Leuty schjaz 2012/08/17 19:00:16
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    The Admin is in a hurt of a good crisis to take attention off the issues.
  • Freebird 2012/08/16 05:23:40
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    50,000 more votes for the Libs. Might as well keep Chicago corrupt.
  • schjaz Freebird 2012/08/16 14:18:12
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    That's right!! why do you think Oblahblah signed the dream act in the first place?
  • safari 2012/08/16 05:06:30
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    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
  • Jdogg 2012/08/16 04:22:04
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    And I bet they also got registered to vote also.
  • Dagon 2012/08/16 03:24:51 (edited)
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/08/16 03:23:54
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    Cool, I think they should ALL go to Chicago and claim amnesty and then they should have to stay there.
  • Rust 2012/08/16 03:18:24
  • wtw 2012/08/16 03:18:21
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    We paid dearly to be legal and dearly to become a citizen for my wife--it is unfair what they are doing!
  • Tee Quake 2012/08/16 03:17:15
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    It's despicable when a President steps on Congress and the will of the majority of American citizens to enact his own policies for purely selfish political gain. If granting amnesty is not an impeachable offense, well, if I were the impeached Billy Clinton, I'd be pissed.
  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/16 02:39:04
    What??? They Need Proper ID??????
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    Badges, we don't need any stinking badges

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