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US Mexico Foundation, ICIRR, Congressman Luis Gutierrez Demand Safe Return of DACAmented Youths
Immigrant youths at risk of being barred from returning to their homes
WHAT: In this time of uncertainty for many immigrants, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, ICIRR & US-Mexico Foundation will demand that Customs and Border Protection agents at O’Hare Airport respect the advance parole permissions of DACAmented youths planning to travel to Mexico and allow these youths to re-enter the US with no intimidation or issues.
WHO: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), US-Mexico Foundation, and US representative Luis Gutierrez
WHEN: Monday, December 5, 2016, 10AM
WHERE: Casa Michoacan, 1638 S Blue Island, Chicago, IL 60608
WHAT: One hundred immigrant youths, including 22 from the Chicago area are participating in “Dreamers Without Borders,” an educational and service learning program that seeks to reconnect immigrant youths of Mexican origin who live in the United States with their country of origin, for the purpose of contributing to their empowerment and professional development.
The participants selected for the program benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary protection from deportation and authorization to work. They have applied to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for advance parole, which permits them to leave and reenter the US. Given the uncertain future of DACA in the incoming administration, travel outside the US carries the risk that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (like USCIS an agency within the US Department of Homeland Security) will not honor the advance paroles and prevent these youths from returning. Press conference participants are demanding that CBP honor the advance paroles and allow these youths to reenter the country they have called home since childhood.
“Dreamers Without Borders” is designed and implemented by the U.S-Mexico Foundation (USMF) in collaboration with the governments of the states of Jalisco, Puebla, Guerrero, Estado de México, Michoacán, and Guanajuato. Through this public and private partnership, the USMF and its partners, are able to provide participants with a truly unique and memorable educational experience. The program’s agenda includes a stay in Mexico City followed by a stay in the participant’s state of origin. During their stay in Mexico, participants will attend seminars and gatherings with renowned professors from various universities, and with government officials, business executives and civic leaders. Similarly, participants will also meet with Mexican students, representatives from Mexican NGOs and returned Dreamers.