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Illinois Legislature Passes Its Own DREAM Act

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on June 27, 2011

Illinois Passes Its Own DREAM Act

The Illinois Senate and House have passed legislation that would establish a volunteer state commission that would generate reliable information about schooling options for undocumented students and would facilitate a privately-supported Illinois DREAM Fund to make scholarships available to those students.

Local students who could potentially benefit from the law are now hopeful that Gov. Pat Quinn will sign it into law.

The state bill offers no hope for change of citizenship status, but it provides hope to children of Illinois immigrants without imposing additional costs on taxpayers, according to supporters of the legislation.

After the federal DREAM Act failed to pass Congress last year, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, a host of university presidents and community organizations began pushing for local support of higher education for immigrant students.

Quinn has indicated he is favorably disposed toward the objectives of the legislation, so he is expected to sign it soon.

If you are an individual interested in knowing more about your rights as an immigrant to citizenship or legal status, you can call our offices at (847) 564-0712. Feel free to check out the pertinent portion of our Website as well.

The Illinois Senate and House have passed legislation that would establish a volunteer state commission that would generate reliable information about schooling options for undocumented students and would facilitate a privately-supported Illinois DREAM Fund to make scholarships available to those students.

Local students who could potentially benefit from the law are now hopeful that Gov. Pat Quinn will sign it into law.

The state bill offers no hope for change of citizenship status, but it provides hope to children of Illinois immigrants without imposing additional costs on taxpayers, according to supporters of the legislation.

After the federal DREAM Act failed to pass Congress last year, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, a host of university presidents and community organizations began pushing for local support of higher education for immigrant students.

Quinn has indicated he is favorably disposed toward the objectives of the legislation, so he is expected to sign it soon.

If you are an individual interested in knowing more about your rights as an immigrant to citizenship or legal status, you can call our offices at (847) 564-0712. Feel free to check out the pertinent portion of our Website as well.