News Release: DACA Rescinded

Nitish Meena

September 6, 2017 - Yesterday was a very difficult day for our immigrant community throughout the U.S. when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference to announce the Trump Administration’s intentions to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (commonly known as DACA).

We have received numerous phone calls from impacted individuals, community partners, the media, and other concerned community members. The general mood in our community has again shifted toward fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future.

DACA was a program established through an executive order by President Obama in 2012 to give temporary protection from deportation to certain young, undocumented persons who were brought here as children and met other eligibility requirements (such as being in school, working, and not having any criminal background). Over the past five years, 800,000 DREAMers across the United States have applied for and received this temporary protection under DACA. They have come out of the shadows and with their DACA status have achieved much and greatly contributed. Research has routinely shown that DACA has empowered young people to study, earn degrees, obtain better employment, buy houses, and start businesses. Not only have these individuals gained from DACA, but our community and economy at large have gained as well. 

With the announcement of DACA’s impending reversal, the dreams and futures of these individuals are now in peril. Details are still being released from the Department of Homeland Security about what, exactly, this rescission means for those who are currently protected under DACA, or those with pending applications. As the situation develops, Centro de Información commits to keeping our community updated and informed with the most up-to-date information. We also stand committed to serving DACA recipients and their families through our immigration legal services. In the coming days and weeks you can count on Centro de Información for Immigration legal services: if you or someone you know needs legal assessment or has a question about DACA or their status, Centro de Información’s immigration team is available to support you.

In the coming days and weeks, you can count on Centro de Información for Immigration legal services. If you or someone you know needs legal assessment or has a question about DACA or their status, Centro de Información’s immigration team is available to support you. For more information, call 847-695-9050.

There are actions that we all can take.

• Contact House Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell and tell them that Congress must act on a bipartisan Dream Act.

• Contact your U.S. congressional representatives and tell them that you support a bipartisan effort to protect DREAMers.


• An employer cannot ask you about your DACA status.

• Your Social Security number is yours for life, regardless of your documentation status or the existence of the DACA program.

• Your work permit is still active until it expires.

• If you are outside the country on Advance Parole make sure to return right away. 

• NEW APPLICANTS: The administration will stop considering new applications for legal status dated September 5, 2017.

• RENEWALS: DACA recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018, have the opportunity to apply for a two-year renewal but must do so by October 5, 2017.

In this moment of difficulty, Centro de Información stands strong in support and solidarity with DACA recipients and their families and all immigrants across Kane and northwest Cook counties. We will continue to be a source of reliable information and effective services, as well as a safe space for immigrants to find support that they need today and always. 

Thank you for supporting our mission and, most importantly, thank you for being an ally to our immigrant families, friends, and neighbors. Together we stand to make a better community.

Jaime D. Garcia
Executive Director Centro de Información

Celebrando 45!

Centro de Información Cordially Invites you to attend
our Annual Benefit Gala,
Celebrando 45.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
6 - 9 p.m.
Villa Olivia Country Club
1404 W Lake Street
Bartlett, IL 60103

RSVP, purchase tickets, and find more event information at:

2017 Honorary Chairs - David and Sandy Kaptain

Master of Ceremonies - Judge Manuel Barbosa
Auctioneer - Mr. Terry Dunning 

All proceeds will sustain the programs and services of Centro de Información. 



Centro de Informacion is one of many vital organizations impacted by the lack of an Illinois state budget.

Because of stop-gap funding in late 2016, we have been able to provide application workshops for immigrants seeking citizenship, assistance to immigrants seeking health benefits for which they qualify, and act as an official Illinois Welcoming Center for refugees.

Without state funding, these programs will not continue.

Centro de Informacion exists to educate and empower our Hispanic neighbors in Elgin, Illinois, and the surrounding community, and it is these neighbors (among other marginalized persons served by fellow non-profit agencies) who will feel much of the strain from a funding shortfall. Centro anticipates a loss of approximately $110,000 this year.

If you or someone you love has benefited from our services, or if you believe in the great value of our organization, we and our constituents would be grateful for your generous support.


Celebrating 45 Years

On March 21, 1972
Centro de Informacion opened its doors.

The information, education, and citizenship services that we provided then are still needed - perhaps now more than ever.

Times have changed since 1972. Immigrant families are uneasy. They are asking, what might happen? What should they do?

For 45 years, Centro has been the place where Hispanics come for answers and assistance in times of need. Many are coming now, and we need your help to continue to serve and support them in these uncertain times.

Will you donate today?

Join us as we celebrate our 45th anniversary with an Open House/Elgin Chamber of Commerce After Hours on April 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Centro de Informacion in Elgin.

Thank you for your support of the programs and services of Centro de Informacion.

Making Proud Choices!

Starting March 8th, join us every Wednesday in Hanover Park for our new skills-building program: Making Proud Choices! This program will give teens the knowledge needed to make good decisions regarding their reproductive health--plus, there will be free pizza!

Call Andrea for more information at 
(847) 695-9050 EXT. 306, or call Anna MacQueen to register: 847-285-4518.


Centro de Información, a social service agency that has been serving the Northern Fox Valley Hispanic community for 45 years, has received a contract from the State of Illinois through June 2017 to be one of the Illinois Welcoming Centers.

Last year, Centro de Información with its main office in Elgin and satellite offices in Hanover Park and East Dundee, provided services to 12,000 clients.

The Welcoming Center provides immigrant and refugee individuals and families with an array of services, information, programs, and classes to assist in their path towards successful integration into the community, thereby creating self-sustaining and thriving communities. These include access to and receive information about health, social, educational, employment, and homeownership services including:

• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
• Medicaid
• All Kids Health Insurance
• Citizenship
• Unemployment insurance
• Employment/job fairs

There will also be workshops dealing with:
• Housing
• Financial Literacy
• Fraud & identity theft
• Health & nutrition
• Parenting skills
• How to start a business

Disease Prevention Seminar


You're Invited to a 10-Week Whole Body Approach to Disease Prevention

Would you like to make positive changes in your lifestyle to reduce your family’s risk of developing chronic diseases? Join Centro de Informacion, Presence Health and Northern Illinois Food Bank for a 10 week class that will give you the tools you need to change your life.

It's not too late to register! Call (847) 695-9050 Ext. 306.


All classes will be held on Thursday from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at Centro de Informacion in Elgin.

February 2 - Welcome to the Program
February 9 - Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food
February -16 Enjoyable Movement
February 23 - Practicing Mindfulness
March 2 - Problem Solving
March 9 - Every BODY is a Good Body
March 16 - Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
March 23 - You Can Manage Stress and Cooking demo
March 30 - Make Social Cues Work for You
April 6 - Ways to Stay Motivated

Bring your own bag to take produce home with you!

Domestic Violence Presentation


Invites you to participate in a presentation on  
Domestic Violence and Family Conflicts 

How to prevent conflict and realize if we (or a loved one)  
is in a conflictive relationship.
Where: Carpentersville Middle School 
100 Cleveland Ave, Carpentersville, IL 60110
When: Thursday, January 26 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.