Dear Students,

Chicago is your home. While still we do not have all the answers about what President Trump’s threats against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will mean for our nation, we know one thing for certain: everyone is welcome here in our city.

In this moment of uncertainty for so many in our nation, we want to reassure you that all students will be able to attend our preschools, our elementary schools, our high schools and our community colleges without fear or intimidation in the city they call home.

No matter what the political landscape, know that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) will continue to provide you with a high-quality, affordable education from pre-school to post-secondary education.

We are making every effort to keep our schools safe from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) enforcement of harmful federal civil immigration laws. ICE is not permitted to access our public education facilities or personnel except in rare instances such as when a warrant is presented or circumstances in which there is an imminent risk of violence or physical harm.

The Star Scholarship program at CCC will always be available to all CPS students regardless of immigration status, because where your family comes from should not determine your ability to one day go to college. As long as you are willing to put in the hard work on your studies, graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA and nearly college-ready, you can attend City Colleges tuition-free and earn the education you deserve.

Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance means that the City will not ask or collect information about your immigration status. Most importantly, the City will not deny you City services based on your immigration status.

For students seeking further guidance, we encourage you to take advantage of one of many resources, including:

  •  The City of Chicago Office of New Americans is committed to working to improve the day-to-day experiences of our city’s 560,000 foreign-born residents while delivering economic, social, and cultural benefits for all Chicagoans.
  • The Chicago Legal Clinic at Harold Washington College provides City Colleges students with free legal consultations and appropriate referrals. The Clinic is staffed by a volunteer attorney as well as by law students from local law schools and provides a variety of legal services on a number of issues including immigration.
  • The CCC Undocumented Students resource webpage is committed to ensuring both student access and success for all students, regardless of immigration status.
  • Citizenship Resources at the Chicago Public Library are available at all CPL locations. Many branches work with community organizations to offer English as a Second Language classes, citizenship workshops and more. They also offer a wide selection of materials on immigration and U.S. citizenship.
  • Here is a list of Legal Protection Fund Partners who can help you renew your DACA status. You must renew BEFORE October 5, 2017.

We are a proud city of immigrants, and have depicted this through the One Chicago campaign. One Chicago is a public education campaign celebrating the strength in diversity of the three million residents who call this city home. Central to the campaign is the new website that features real Chicagoans sharing their personal stories on how they came to call this city home.

Today and as always, Chicago is your home.

Sincerely,

Forrest Claypool
CEO, Chicago Public Schools

Juan Salgado
Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

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Estimados estudiantes:

Chicago es su hogar. Aunque todavía no tenemos todas las respuestas sobre lo que significará para nuestra nación la decisión del presidente Donald Trump de anular la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), sabemos que una cosa es cierta: todos son bienvenidos aquí en nuestra ciudad.

En este momento de incertidumbre para tantos en nuestra nación, queremos que estén seguros de que todos los estudiantes podrán asistir a nuestros preescolares, escuelas primarias, nuestras secundarias y colegios comunitarios, sin temor o intimidaciones, en la ciudad que llaman su hogar.

Sin importar el panorama político, sabemos que las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) y los Colegios Comunitarios de la ciudad de Chicago (CCC), continuarán proveyéndoles una educación de calidad y económica, desde el preescolar a la educación post secundaria.

Estamos haciendo todos los esfuerzos posibles para mantener seguras a nuestras escuelas del accionar de la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE), en la imposición de leyes federales de inmigración que son dañinas. ICE no está autorizado a ingresar a nuestras instalaciones educativas o del personal, con la excepción de que dispongan de una orden de detención, o en circunstancias donde exista un peligro inminente de violencia o daño físico.

El programa de becas Star de CCC siempre estará disponible para todos los estudiantes de CPS, sin importar su estatus migratorio, porque el origen de sus familias no debe determinar sus posibilidades de ir algún día a la universidad. Mientras estén dispuestos a trabajar duro en sus estudios, se gradúen de la escuela secundaria con un GPA de 3.0 y listos para los estudios superiores, van a poder concurrir a los colegios comunitarios sin tener que pagar matrícula, para recibir la educación que se merecen.

La ordenanza de Chicago que da la bienvenida a todos significa que la ciudad no preguntará o colectará información sobre su estatus migratorio. Más importante, la ciudad no les negará servicios con base en su estatus migratorio.

A los estudiantes que buscan más información, los alentamos a aprovechar algunos recursos, incluyendo:

Estamos orgullosos de nuestra ciudad de inmigrantes y lo demostramos con One Chicago, una campaña de educación pública que celebra la fortaleza de la diversidad de los tres millones de residentes que consideran a esta ciudad su hogar. Es tema central de la campaña su nueva página web, www.onechi.org, que muestra a habitantes de la ciudad compartiendo historias personales sobre cómo llegaron a Chicago.

Hoy y siempre, Chicago en su hogar.

Atentamente,

Forrest Claypool
CEO, Escuelas Públicas de Chicago

Juan Salgado
Canciller, Colegios Comunitarios de Chicago