Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez participated in DREAM Relief Day, a daylong workshop, information session, college fair, and celebration marking the first day that DREAM Act eligible young people can sign up for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a form of relief from deportation. Rep. Gutierrez, who is Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement:
"The people who say undocumented immigrants don't really want to be part of this country will have to rethink that when they see hundreds of thousands or maybe a million young people come forward to sign-up in the coming weeks and months. The hard-working young immigrants who sign-up are charting a course towards reestablishing law and order in our immigration system and are genuine leaders. I am proud of them and the immigrant community and the City of Chicago for being national leaders for immigration reform.
"This is going to help break through the political obstacles blocking broader, permanent immigration reform because this demonstrates that when people are given a chance to get in the system and on the books, they will take it. We need to find a way for the parents and neighbors of these young people to come forward too and to establish a legal immigration system that will restore dignity, legality, and humanity to our immigration system."