Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA

  • DACA Renewal Workshops

    A FREE DACA Renewal Clinic for individuals with DACA expiring between 9/5/2017 to 3/5/2018 will be held at Morton College on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Success Center, 2nd Floor of Library, 3801 Central Ave., Cicero 60804.

    For more information, contact Blanca Jara at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2216.

    The Consular General of Chicago offers up to full support of DACA renewals ($495 fee) if you are:

    1. a Mexican national, and
    2. your DACA expires between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018

    If you are eligible:

    • Call the Protection Department at (312) 738-2383 or
    • Visit the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago
    The Mexican Consulate is located at 204 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607. No appointment is needed during regular office hours. The walk-in window is open until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    The City of Chicago has established a Legal Protection Fund that includes DACA recipients in economic need that may partially or fully cover the $495 renewal fee. Applicants with financial need are not required to be residents of Chicago to receive support.

    Students seeking assistance through the Legal Protection fund will need to bring proof of economic burden (school tuition bill, debts, loans, etc.).

  • Morton College fully supports our students who are members of our community and working toward their educational goals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These pages will be updated regularly with information about resources and upcoming events.

    Morton College President's Statement on the Rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

    As you are aware, the current presidential administration has announced the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA and has called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation.

    While we do not know the immediate effects of this change in immigration policy, Morton College stands by its commitment to the values of diversity, tolerance and fairness on our college campus. Every one of our students has the right to a safe and welcoming school environment where they feel valued and respected. We remain fully supportive of our DACA students and, indeed, ALL of our students, as they pursue their education at Morton College.

    If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression or just need someone to talk to about how you are feeling as a result of the end of this policy, please contact Jennifer Iniquez, MSW, Student Behavioral Health/ Disability Specialist via e-mail or call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2250.

    We pledge to continue doing all we can to make every student feel valued and welcome so that they can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

    We will continue to monitor developments and share important updates.

    Legal Resources

    National Immigration Law Center

    Dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

    National Immigrant Justice Center

    A Chicago-based organization that offers a wide range of legal services to low-income immigrants, including assistance with issues involving DACA and family-based immigration.

    United We Dream

    The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

    Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

    Dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees. 

    Contact your Elected Officials!

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