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.”