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Immigrants Attend Congressman Luis Gutierrez First Community Orientation On Immigration Executive Action in Chicago Immigrants Attend Congressman Luis Gutierrez First Community Orientation On Immigration Executive Action in Chicago(0)

Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL (60654)

By: BreakingVoices

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Iglesia Rebano in Humboldt Park, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez held the first organized community engagement outreach effort to educate immigrant communities on how prepare and determine their eligibility for the Executive Action on Immigration that President Obama announced on November 20.

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez Orientation Event in Humboldt Park on December 13, 2014
Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez Community Event on Immigration Executive Action
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The event called “Orientation On Immigration Executive Actions” or “Orientacion Sobre Las Acciones Ejecutivas De Inmigracion” took place at Iglesia Rebano Church, located at 2435 W. Division in Humboldt Park. The event was held from 9:30am-2:00pm.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel was also in attendance and spoke to the audience. Prior to the event, Congressman

Gutierrez’s office dispersed flyers written in both Spanish and English.

Luis V. Gutierrez Community Flyer on Immigration Executive Action

More than 500 families had pre-registered for the orientation.
Those who pre-registered received informational packets that described the Immigration Executive Action and also got the opportunity to meet one-on-one with “Family Defenders,” trained professionals who shared how to prepare for the application period, which begins approximately 180 days following the November 20 announcement.

Luis Gutierrez Community Event in Humboldt Park on Immigration Executive Action

Congressman Gutierrez encouraged all people who may qualify for the executive actions to apply for the program so that they can avoid deportation and help keep their families together.

Laura, a U.S. citizen, discusses why she came to support the Luis Gutierrez event on Immigration Executive Action

Approximately 5 million immigrant individuals and families could be prevented from deportation according to the Executive Action on Immigration. Chicago was among the major cities that held orientation sessions in community centers and churches. Also on Saturday in Los Angeles, more than 5,000 people lined up to attend a immigration information session to find out if they qualified for the executive actions on immigration that President Obama ordered.

Facts about Immigration Accountability Executive Action to defer deportations, keep families together and streamline immigration process.
Undocumented parents who have U.S. born children or lawful permanent resident children and who have lived consistently for 5 or more years in the U.S. will be eligible to apply for a 3-year temporary relief from deportation and work permits. The program is called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Anyone undocumented who was brought to U.S. as a child before their 16th birthday, also known as Dreamers, will be eligible to apply for 3-year deportation relief and work permits and will be eligible to apply for the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

For foreign students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at U.S. universities, the Department of Homeland Security will propose changes to expand and extend the use of the existing Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and require stronger ties between OPT students and their colleges and universities following graduation.

High-skilled workers waiting on green cards along with their spouses will be given H-1B spouses work permits

Department of Homeland Security will clarify guidance so that individuals with pending applications for lawful permanent resident (LPR “green cards”) or temporary status will have opportunity to travel abroad with advanced permission.
For more facts about immigration executive action visit the White House website.

Hundreds of Chicago Women in Tech Attended ARA Mentors Event at 1871 Chicago Tech Incubator Hundreds of Chicago Women in Tech Attended ARA Mentors Event at 1871 Chicago Tech Incubator(0)

1871 Tech Incubator, Chicago, IL (60654)

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 hundreds of women attended the first ARA Mentors event at 1871 Chicago’s Tech Incubator. The goal of the event was to have a conversation with leading women who work in male-dominated sectors such as the culinary world, banking, and sportscasting.

The four Chicago women who participated on the ARA Mentors panel were Stephanie Izard, Executive Chef for Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Top Chef Season 4 Winner (@stephandthegoat), Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust (@connieleads), Sarah Spain, espnW Columnist & TV Personality, SportsCenter Anchor & Host for ESPN1000 (@SarahSpain), and Retired Colonel Jil Morgenthaler, Author, Leadership, Expert, International Speaker. I.C. Stars founder Sandee Kastrul (@sandeekastrul).

ARA aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.


At the direction of moderator Sandee Kastrul, the women in the audience stood upon their feet and shouted “We are here!” in unison at the beginning of the event.

An employee at 1871 said this was the most women she has seen at an 1871 event since she started working there.



“Cover ever ground you stand on with confidence, courage and character”, said Connie Lindsey who gave many memorable advice to the women in attendance.


Confidence and leadership advice were among the main topics the panelists shared. Watch the video of the key takeaways they hope every women will apply to their professional lives.



According to a 2012 Dow Jones study, startup companies with more female executives were more successful than their counterparts. For more data points on technology and women, read Tech Republic’s 15 key statistics on the state of women in tech.



ARA Mentors support the advancement of women in IT by offering opportunities for women to mentor and to become mentees. The ARA event at 1871 was sponsored by Enova, a financial services company.

For more information about the ARA Mentors visit ARA Mentors

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