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Two special events are just around the corner celebrating World Refugee Day in the Chicago area and the determination of women, men, and children who have been forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, violence, and conflict.
Soccer Tournament and Potluck Celebration-June 20 at Foster Beach Soccer Fields from 11am-3pm
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015, is the deadline for eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS designation runs from Nov. 21, 2014, through May 21, 2016.
To be eligible for TPS, you must demonstrate that you meet all eligibility criteria, including that you have been “continuously residing” in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014, and “continuously physically present in” the United States since Nov. 21, 2014. You must also undergo thorough security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. Read more →
ACT NOW: If there were ever a time that we needed you, it’s today. Please take 5 minutes now to act for immigrants across Illinois. Help us in fighting to keep Illinois a state where immigrants are welcome.
As you may know by now, Governor Rauner, in a sneaky and cowardly move, cut off funding for all immigrant services in Illinois last Friday afternoon, effective immediately. As of today, immigrants across Illinois lose access to assistance regarding US citizenship, health care, nutrition, and other services that help them thrive and contribute to our economy and community. For someone who portrays himself as a smart businessman committed to our state’s economic recovery, Governor Rauner seems oblivious to the five-fold returns that our state’s investment in immigrant communities create for our entire state. Read more →
Mohamed Sati had just finished final exams of his senior year of high school. Remember that feeling? Invincible – like anything is possible. Unfortunately, in Sudan in the 1990’s, the possibilities also could be terrifying.
Mo was on his way to visit his sister when makeshift soldiers with guns stopped him at a roadblock. The Second Sudanese Civil War was in full swing. At 17, with no official paperwork, no notice, and no recourse, Mo was snatched up and forced into the army.
“Those are bad memories – really sad,” Sati says. “To see kids your age – friends, family – they’re with you one day then the next they’re gone. Bright kids who had amazing futures ahead, but they didn’t have that chance.”
Late yesterday afternoon, Governor Rauner showed his true colors. In a sneaky and cowardly way, his administration issued orders, just before a holiday weekend, to suspend all funding for immigrant services effective immediately. During the election and more recently in front of a group of business people, he spoke of his support for immigration reform and keeping families together. Nice rhetoric, but when it really counted and for what he had full control over he decided to turn his back on immigrants.
TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS): LIBERIA, GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE
WHAT IS TPS?
- On November 20 2014, USCIS designated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to Ebola, which is making it unsafe for citizens of those countries to return.
- TPS designation is effective November 21, 2014 and remains in effect for 18 months. You can register for TPS between November 21, 2014 and May 20, 2015.