The state's budget impasse is impacting services for immigrants in Illinois.
Sunday, November 22, the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights met with Rockford residents.
That group says it normally helps people with services like becoming naturalized U.S. citizens, but those services have been suspended because of the impasse. Also, federal programs created for immigrants, like the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, are also at a standstill after a court injunction. But, coalition organizers say it's still important for documented and undocumented residents to know about certain paperwork.
Dagmara Avelar, Organizer, states "In the case that you want to, let's say, get a loan for a house or apply for school, there are particular documents that you are always going to need, ID documents, where you've lived in the past couple of years, you have to prove your income and that you're filing taxes."
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