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Record #: R2017-300   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 4/19/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action:
Title: Call for Department of Family and Support Services to testify on support and legal resources available to undocumented immigrants and their families
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Brookins, Jr., Howard, Solis, Daniel
Topic: CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Innovation & Technology, - COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Education and Child Development
Attachments: 1. R2017-300.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Education and Childhood Development


WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals and welfare; and

WHEREAS, in 2012, former President Barack Obama passed an executive order for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a short-term solution until Congress could pass a comprehensive reform such as the DREAM Act; and

WHEREAS, to be eligible for DACA the applicant must be under age 31, be a student or have graduated from a high school or GED program, have entered the United States prior to age 16 and not have committed any serious crimes; and

WHEREAS, being declared eligible for DACA does not guarantee a path to citizenship, however, it does provide a work permit, makes applicants eligible to obtain a Social Security Number, and grants them the ability to receive a driver's license; and

WHEREAS, Illinois has the nation's fourth largest population of DACA recipients—the highest in the Midwest—with 41,800 people approved since 2012; and

WHEREAS, the top two countries of origin for DACA-eligible immigrants living in Illinois are Mexico and Korea, with 77,000 and 2,000 respectively; and

WHEREAS, Illinois is reported to have 10,000 immigrants from China, 13,000 from Poland and 18,000 from India based on statistics from the Migration Policy Institute (2014); and

WHEREAS, DACA has increased the education and employment opportunities for this population, increasing and strengthening their ties to Chicago; and

WHEREAS, the change in administration has threatened the continuation of this program and therefore the protections afforded to this population; and

WHEREAS, 96,000 immigrants who qualify for DACA in Illinois...

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