CHICAGO - Illinois’ network of community colleges could be a point of information for immigrant students wanting to take advantage of “deferred action.”
Community colleges in Chicago are preparing to hold deferred action workshops to help immigrants brought to this country as children apply for deportation relief and work authorization programs. The practice could serve as an example for other community colleges across the state.
Lt.Gov. Shelia Simon has toured Illinois’ 48 community colleges and says they would make a good setting in helping immigrant students. “There might be room to make some connection through community colleges to extend that opportunity to people,” Simon said.
With community colleges located all over the state, it makes access to such a service convenient. “Community colleges are … accessible geographically and also accessible financially,” Simon said. She says community colleges would make for a “natural place” to look for students that could take advantage of deferred action.
Simon says she would be happy to work with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on making access to the deferred action process available at community colleges. Durbin, who has been pushing for lawmakers to act on the Dream Act and comprehensive immigration reform, helped coordinate the upcoming workshops in Chicago.