The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic, an organization dedicated to access to justice, stands by and supports the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, also known as Dreamers, in the wake of the President’s decision to rescind the Executive Order on DACA, or the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival.
DACA provides employment authorization and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16 and meet several qualifying criteria. It has benefitted nearly 800,000 undocumented youth since it began in 2012, and has changed their lives by enabling them to qualify for financial aid for college, secure better jobs, and have a bright, productive future.
These young people are Americans in all but the paperwork. Their parents brought them here for the very same reason all immigrants come to America: to give their children a better life. They are now at risk for losing protections afforded under DACA.
We are disappointed in the President’s decision, but are hopeful that Congress will codify DACA during the wind down period, providing these young people with the opportunities they deserve. We must protect DACA for the sake of our country and our Dreamers.
The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic is here as a legal resource for our community. On our website, you can find information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center on what to do if DACA ends, http://www.hphlegalaid.org/need-know-daca-program-ends/.
Additionally, there will be an Open Clinic on Saturday, September 9th from 9 a.m. to noon. Interested community members can make an appointment with the Clinic during the week by calling 847-926-1867 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be scheduling Know Your Rights Presentations throughout the community to keep people informed. Dates and times for these presentations will be posted on our website, www.hphlegalaid.org, and social media, https://www.facebook.com/HighlandParkHighwoodLegalAidClinic.