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Gutierrez To Focus On DACA At Thursday Community Town Hall

By Mina Bloom | September 14, 2017 6:17am
 Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) at a Feb. 13, 2013 press conference, saying handguns and unemployment are to blame for Chicago's gun violence.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) at a Feb. 13, 2013 press conference, saying handguns and unemployment are to blame for Chicago's gun violence.
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LOGAN SQUARE — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), one of the most outspoken congressmen on immigration reform, is stepping up to help recipients of DACA (Deferred Action for Children), a program that President Donald Trump recently vowed to end. 

Gutiérrez will focus on the program at his upcoming community town hall, which is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave. 

“I had a Town Hall meeting scheduled for this week and I want to make sure that in addition to having the normal Town Hall with constituents, everyone who has questions about their DACA should come too,” Gutiérrez said in a press release.

“We will have resources and information and you can make appointments to meet with my staff to make sure applications are filed correctly and on time.”

Chicago officials and immigration advocates have rallied against Trump's decision since it was announced last week. Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) called the move a "clear racist act," and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has repeatedly tried to reassure students in the program they have nothing to fear living in the city.