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Support Pours In For NIU Group's Fundraiser To Help With DACA Renewals

Dream Action NIU

Dream Action NIU at Northern Illinois University is calling on public support for undocumented students protected under the DACA program – or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The fundraiser comes after the government's recent announcement to resume accepting DACA renewals. 

Laura Vivaldo Cholula is the Co-President of Dream Action NIU.

"It's kind of very instant, and we needed an immediate response to this," she said. "We knew because it just happened, we wouldn't necessarily have $500." 

Vivaldo Cholula says that's the approximate cost for students to re-apply. She says students are facing extra stress now that the semester is already underway. 

“There are students coming in who were like, ‘Okay. They just announced that I can renew. I need to put everything else on hold and get this done' because this just means two more years of semi-normal life, or a life not in limbo status,’” she said. 

The fundraiser's goal is to raise $3,000 by Wednesday.

Dream Action NIU is hosting a free workshop this weekend to help with the DACA renewal process. It's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the NIU Latino Resource Center.

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