Dream Relief Day was held a year ago today at Navy Pier.
Thousands of young undocumented immigrants waited and waited to apply for a card giving them protection from deportation, the right to work and a clear legal status for two years.
With nearly 30,00 applicants and 25,000-plus approvals, Illinois ranks third only behind California and Texas for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals arrival also known as DACA.
Under an executive order by President Obama, undocumented immigrants younger than 31 years old on June 15th of 2012, brought to the U.S before their 16th birthday were eligible for DACA.
Other requirements included continuous residence in the U.S for five years, a GED, high school diploma or honorable discharge from the military and a clean criminal record.
A permanent solution is in the hands of lawmakers. A bipartisan bill that would overhaul immigration for the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S passed the senate, but stalled in the house.
With no sign of The Dream Act passing the U.S House anytime soon, WGN’s Frank Holland looks at the progress and frustration.