1:00pm September 12, 2012

Dream Act: Luis Gutierrez Staff Helping 50 Deferred Action Applicants a Day


Deferred Action. In an interview with Politic365 on Capitol Hill yesterday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) talked on his office’s efforts to assist Dream Act/Deferred Action applicants.  He was asked if he is planning a second major event like the one recently at Navy Pier in Chicago that drew thousands.

“We have an event every day.  We do fifty [Deferred Action applicant] a day.  One of our satellite offices is dedicated exclusively to doing this.  We put four people on it to just do this because we needed to separate it so constituents know where to get help for Medicare, Social Security or a passport or military or veterans and where they can get help on this.  This is really big. So we have an event every day.  We do public events twice a week,” the Chicago Congressman said.

“There are hundreds  of thousand waiting, expecting and receiving help and we are organizing, events across this country to get them the help that they need.  I had a big meeting yesterday yesterday in Chicago to continue to explore those opportunities,” Rep. Gutierrez added.

“We expect in the very immediate future — within the next two weeks — that people will start getting letters saying ‘you can stay,’ he added.  ”We need to tell those stories to continue encouraging people to stay,”

Associated Press is reporting today that “just three weeks after the Obama administration started accepting applications from young undocumented immigrants … the government already has approved some of the roughly 72,000 applications the government has received.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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  2. bjohns15

    Do these workshops vigorously screen for better forms of alternative relief? Do they properly advise applicants of the risks that accompany applying? http://amjolaw.com/2012/09/05/senator-durbin-and-

  3. Sam

    While all these politicians waste time going back and forth, I, the "dreamer" is getting older and older. I missed the age deadline by 3 months lol! Do I have any options open!? Please advise.

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