Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DACA Revisited this Thursday 9-25

Para Los Llegados en La Infancia *DACA*

Si Usted, algún familiar o amigo cumple con los requisitos de la DACA,
puede ser elegible para un permiso de trabajo, su número de seguro social, su licencia de manejo y, sobre todo, NO deportación.

 Taller de DACA
(ayuda con la solicitud para aplicar o la renovación de DACA)

jueves, 25 de septiembre, 4:00PM-8:00PM
Stratton Elementary School (en la cafetería)
902 North Randolph,Champaign, IL 61820

Para registrarse para este evento
llame a La Línea 217-417-5897.

*Personas con citas tendrán serán atendidas primero. Personas sin citas seran atendidas como haya tiempo. 

*Favor de asistir para recibir información.

1. Haber llegado antes de cumplir los 16 años de edad.
2. Haber vivido en USA entre Junio 15, 2012 al presente.
3. No haber cumplido los 31 años el 15 de Junio 2012.
4. Por lo menos asistió a la escuela preparatoria (high school) o está en un programa de GED (Educación de Adultos)5. No tener ningún delito grave o DUI.
6. Haber estado físicamente en EUA el 15 de Junio del 2012 y al momento de presentar la solicitud.

Si es su primera vez, favor de traer los documentos que tenga:
  • Pasaporte/Certificado de Nacimiento/ Identificación con foto
  • Registros de Hospital/Registros de Viaje
  • La Forma I94/I-95/I94W con día de expiración autorizado
  • Recibos de Alquiler/ Factura de Utilidades/Registros de Empleo (recibos de paga, la forma del W-2)
  • Registros de Escuela, Registros de Servicio Militar, o Diploma de Escuela Secundaria/GED
  • Registros Fechados del Banco
  • Recibos de Impuestos, Pólizas de Seguro
  • Tarjeta de Seguro Social

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CUIF Seeking Nominations for Immigrant Welcome Awards

*Nominations are now being accepted through September 25th*

The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum is hosting our first annual Immigrant Welcome Awards! Immigrant Welcome Awards recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana community. We are seeking nominations for individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and have provided leadership for the wellbeing and success of immigrants in Champaign County.

Submit your nomination TODAY!  Submit a Nomination On-lineOr you can download your nomination form and email the form to or mail to Channing Murray, 1209 W. Oregon Street, Urbana IL 61801, Attention: Welcome Awards.

Selection and Ceremony - A committee of community representatives will select awardees.

Please mark your calendars:
Immigrant Welcome Awards Celebration
Oct 4, 2014 from 2 to 3:30pm
Urbana Lake House
206 W Park Street, Urbana
All community members are invited to the awards ceremony.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Please email if you have questions. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Thank you!
CU Immigration Forum

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rhizome of Ixil: Video Game Launch Party

When: Saturday, July 19th 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61820
Admission: Free

About the Event:

We are pleased to announce the launch of Rhizome of Ixil, a non-profit video game created by artist Daniella Pavlic. A launch party will be held on July 19th, 2014 at the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center. Sponsored by the UC-IMC and Urbana Arts Grant, this launch party is free to the public and the whole community is invited to participate.
This event will showcase the video game and provide a chance for dialog around the current Latin American politics, specifically the Maya Ixil Community. There will be a short screening of ‘How to Nail a Dictator’ followed up by a demo of Rhizome of Ixil. A panel discussion will be held for questions regarding the game design and history of the Ixil community. The last portion of the launch will be open to the public for play-testing the game and giving feedback. Beverages and snacks will also be available.

For more information visit:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Immigrant Friendly, immigrant proud; our towns are doing it. Come listen how Chicago is too !

Working to Make Chicago the Most Immigrant Friendly City in the U.S.
Adolfo Hernandez, Director, Chicago Office of New Americans
When: Friday, March 7, 2014
Where: Latzer Hall at the University Y, 1001 S. Wright, Champaign

In 2011, Adolfo Hernandez was appointed by
Mayor Emanuel to serve as the Director of the newly created Chicago's Office of New Americans.
The Office of New Americans was created by the Mayor to make Chicago the most immigrant
friendly city in the country by better leveraging the contributions of immigrants through
enhanced collaboration between city government, community organizations, academic and
faith based institutions, and the private sector.Hernandez, who is the son of Mexican immigrants
and was born and raised in Chicago's Little Village community, has worked to develop
and implement policies and strategies that support the creation and expansion of immigrant-
owned businesses, that develop, attract, and retain talent and expertise from other countries,
and that bolster Chicago's status as a vibrant and welcoming international city.
In September of 2013, the White House recognized Adolfo for his work in Chicago as one of
ten local heroes who are "Champions of Change" and that work tirelessly to effectively
integrate immigrants civically, linguistically, and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods by
bringing all residents together to create welcoming communities.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

News Release: This Sunday, Town Meeting On Immigration With Candidates

Press Release:
For Immediate Release
February 11, 2014

For media inquiries, contact: Megan Flowers, Event Spokesperson

Town Meeting on Immigration With Candidates
Congressional, State Rep Candidates and
constituents meet to discuss immigration

[Champaign, IL] The CU-Immigration Forum and other co-sponsors announce an upcoming community meeting and candidates forum about the issue of immigration reform on Sunday, Feb 16th from 3PM to 5PM, at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign.

Candidates or their representatives from the 13th congressional district will join the community in a discussion on the issue of immigration and what they support. State representative candidates from the 103rd District have also been invited since there will be some state legislation that will also impact immigrants. The CU Immigration Forum and co-sponsors encourage all community members to attend this public event to meet representatives and to share their stories and concerns about the issue of immigration. There will also be an opportunity for community members to ask candidates questions they may have. No registration is required to attend this free, public meeting.

“Now is the opportunity for us to talk to our representatives about immigration,” says Ben Mueller, community member and member of the CU Immigration Forum. “We are concerned with how immigration legislation will impact us locally.”

Background: The CU Immigration Forum comprises of a broad cross section of community members, students, and local service providers. They meet once a month regularly to talk about immigration and serving the immigrant community. As the House considers immigration legislation, community members would like the opportunity to keep the conversation about immigration going and talk to district and state representatives.

This event is sponsored by the CU Immigration Forum, ACLU of Champaign County, Planners Network, La Colectiva, Graduate Organization of Latina/o Students, Alpha Phi Sigma, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, MECHA, GEO, Lambda Theta Phi, SEIU Local 73, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, University YMCA.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Save this afternoon! Feb 1, 1-4 PM for the annual retreat on immigration

On Saturday, February 1st, please join us for the 2014 C-U Immigration Forum Retreat

We sometimes need a chance to catch up each other on the issues and the news, and to discuss, prioritize the resources, and plan out strategy to meet the challenges. This year, there yet may be reform at the national level but we have the opportunity of very willing state and local governments to be immigrant friendly; we have learned that when we organize, the contribution and plight of immigrants can be changed positively. 

We need your help to plan and execute programs for making Champaign-Urbana the most immigrant friendly community in Illinois. With you, we can make it happen. 

When: Saturday, February 1st from 1-4 PM

Where: University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.
Parking is available behind the building. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP at the link below:

We have now drafted the agenda and it includes:

-Updating each other in the national debate on immigration reform

-Figure out some of the possible policy proposals that we can prepare for

-Tweak the way we have been helping people with their paperwork for driver licenses, youth brought as children, and on becoming citizens; help people advocate for themselves

-We will also be forming new working groups to smooth out communication, provide for new leaders, and help our monthly meetings be more streamlined

This is a good time to come, get more informed on one particular topic and get involved in another facet of the immigration debate or service to immigrants

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Driver Licenses for immigrants now a reality

  • We see the new law as a positive step towards the safety of all 
  • The general population will benefit from more insurance coverage 
  • Local police departments and sheriff will have a way to verify people's driving eligibility and insurance coverage 
  • We do not know how many people are affected locally, but they include many ethnicities and it includes students. 
  • Everyone benefited will have to pass a written and a practical test and pay regular fees. 
  • The bill will take effect on November 27th and the rules are not out yet, people should check 
  • We will hold trainings on the driving regulations through IF 
  • The cooperation involves the governor but all legislators, including our own senator and assembly people supported the bill and we thank them for the reasonable support. 
  • This measure makes sense for driving issues in our state but a better solution is to support immigration reform at the national level, much as the federal legislators and president are talking about 
  • IF is composed of...and we meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the University Y