Dreamers gain free legal help--online and in Little Village--with DACA renewal paperwork

BY SANDRA GUY

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Young, undocumented immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” who need to prepare their DACA renewal applications before their legal protections expire can get free immigration paperwork help online from now until the imposed Oct. 5 DACA deadline.

Illinois Legal Aid Online is offering the service through its web site, www.illinoislegalaid.org at https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/daca-federal-dream-act-and-deferred-action, to Dreamers nationwide, including the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 in Illinois who are eligible to file for renewal of their DACA status. The legal aid group is working with Chicago-based software firm Road to Status (www.roadtostatus.com) to operate the service.

“This online immigration service has unlimited capacity to help people any time they need it,” said Lisa Colpoys, executive director of Illinois Legal Aid Online.

President Trump announced on Sept. 5 a gradual end to the legislation that protects Dreamers from deportation – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – but gave Congress six months to figure out how to replace it.

Through the Oct. 5 DACA deadline, anyone who completes the DACA renewal application via the Illinois Legal Aid Online site will also receive a free immigration attorney review of their DACA renewal application prior to filing (See  https://app.roadtostatus.com/mc_wizards/29092/mc_wizard_questions/70 ). Road to Status is providing its software and the additional attorney review services for free through the partnerships through the Oct. 5 deadline via their network partner law firms.

Separately, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Road to Status to offer a free DACA renewal workshop for online and in person DACA renewal help (see https://www.roadtostatus.com/littlevillage/) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Central States SER career center at 3948 W. 26th St., Suite 213, Chicago.

For more details visit https://www.roadtostatus.com/littlevillage/.