First day to apply for Deferred Action brings more than 13 thousand immigrants
by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor
The first day to apply for deferred action, Latino Club and Student Council helped the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) direct DREAM Relief Day.
“People bring their children to this country without knowing know the situation for them to be punished,” Chris Gonzalez, senior, said.
The day focused on completing applications for Deferred Action and providing information about the program. Although about five thousand people were expected, more than 13,000 arrived.
“As a teacher, I’d like for all my students to get an education,” Sandra Chico, social science teacher, said.
ICIRR managed to help most of the students. Even so, Abel Cortez, junior, said many people left with unanswered questions.
Despite this, the event was a success. Kristen Chico, Student Council sponsor said students returned from Navy Pier feeling “that they really made a difference.”
Gonzalez and many of the WHS volunteers know someone who could be affected by Deferred Action.
“This way, I could do something about it,” Gonzalez said.