Record #: R2017-669   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 7/26/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Human Relations
Final action: 10/11/2017
Title: Call for Chicago delegation of U.S. House of Representatives and Illinois Senators Richard J. Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to support passage of U.S. Senate Bill 1615 regarding the DREAM Act
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Thompson, Patrick D., Reboyras, Ariel, Santiago, Milagros, Waguespack, Scott, Laurino, Margaret, Smith, Michele
Attachments: 1. R2017-669.pdf
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, The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien-Minors Act, ("DREAM Act") was first introduced in 2001 by United States Senators Richard Durbin of Illinois and Orrin Hatch of Utah in the Senate, and by Representatives Howard Berman of California and Chris Cannon of Utah in the House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, the DREAM Act was originally introduced to provide relief to youth who reside in the country illegally through no fault of their own and are caught in a system where there is little, if any, means for legalizing their status. These smart, hard-working youth face an uncertain future because of their inability to continue their education, work, or join the military; and
WHEREAS, different versions of the bill have been reintroduced since 2001 without success; and
WHEREAS, United States Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, United States Senator John McCain of Arizona, and United States Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina most recently reintroduced the DREAM Act with bipartisanship on July 20, 2017, with some urgency because a group of 20 state attorneys general are seeking to stop the renewal or granting of temporary deportation deferrals and work permits to young immigrants through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; and
WHEREAS, the DREAM Act is designed to give immigrant youth an opportunity to share the American dream because they exemplify the best of the immigrant spirit and deserve an opportunity to use their skills and abilities to be successful in the country that raised them; and
WHEREAS, the DREAM Act calls for a c...

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