City Touts Immigrant Legal Aid Fund

Jim Gudas
December 02, 2018 - 3:50 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Jim Gudas

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- City officials gathered on the South Side Sunday to celebrate two years of the Chicago Legal Protection Fund.

The fund helps Chicago's undocumented residents receive legal help to resolve their immigration status. Over $1 million has been contributed to the fund. 

"Chicago has a proud history of diversity and inclusion, and my administration will do everything in our power to ensure that immigrants remain safe, secure and supported," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at La Casa Student Housing & Resource Center.

There are about 150,000 Chicago-area residents who do not have legal permanent resident status, with tens of thousands more whose status is in limbo, according to the National Immigrant Justice Center. The funds will help those residents become legal citizens of the U.S.