HANA Center Denounces White House Immigration Principles as Un-American and Unacceptable

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2017

Taneka Jennings, taneka@hanacenter.org
Nayoung Ha, nha@hanacenter.org

HANA Center Denounces White House Immigration Principles as Un-American and Unacceptable

HANA Center and our partners NAKASEC and the Korean Resource Center (KRC) are outraged by the White House’s release of immigration principles that are cruel, inhumane, anti-family, racist and counterproductive to any good faith efforts to protect our youth.  

When the Trump administration heartlessly cancelled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program on September 5th, destabilizing the lives of 800,000 young immigrant Americans, it called upon Congress to act towards a permanent legislative solution. Now, in exchange for what should be a simple act of relief for our young people, the Administration is calling for a boatload of anti-immigrant measures, including: funding for the construction of a wall and further militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border, hiring 10,000 immigration agents, denying federal grants to sanctuary cities, ramping up the E-Verify program, ending sponsorship of extended family members, rejecting asylum claims, and deporting unaccompanied minors seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. Upon rescission of the DACA Program, Trump stated, “I do not favor punishing children.” These actions, however, do just that.

We will not stand for this unconscionable agenda which exploits young people as bargaining chips for anti-immigrant measures that will deeply harm our families and communities. As a growing and diverse nation that strongly values family, the Trump administration’s agenda is Un-American and unacceptable.  

Over the last month, HANA Center, NAKASEC, and KRC have been meeting with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, all of whom have all expressed a deep desire to support our young people. We also know that 86% of Americans favor passing a clean DREAM Act.  While it is clear the Trump administration is not honoring our democracy by listening to the American people, we must continue to push Congress to work with us to do the right thing. The first step must be a bold rejection of this agenda.

NAKASEC, KRC and HANA Center remain strong in our commitment to organizing and advocating for a clean DREAM Act that is good for all members of our community. For the health and future of this country, our young people must be given the opportunity to thrive.


HANA Center's 40th Annual Health Fair

HANA Center's Health Fair connects the community with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to provide health screenings and preventive care at low cost, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. Health Fair will offer a number of services including mammogram, EKG, urinalysis, pap smear, and many others. 

Appointments are required. Please call HANA Center at 773-583-5501 to make an appointment. Parking is available for $4 at the hospital.

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FREE DACA Renewal Applications at HANA Center

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From September 7 until October 3rd, HANA Center will offer FREE DACA Renewal Applications at our Chicago (4300 N California Ave Chicago, IL) and Northwest Center (664 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite #213 Prospect Heights, IL). 

If your work permit expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you must file your DACA renewal application before October 5, 2017. 

Appointments can be made by emailing our DACA Renewal appointment email address at daca@hanacenter.org

All DACA renewal requests must be accepted by October 5, 2017.

Please bring the following:

  • Copy of work permit

  • State ID or Driver’s License

  • Social Security Card

  • Passport from the first entry to the U.S. or the date and location of the first entry to the U.S.

  • Two U.S. passport style photos

  • Money order of $495* to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

* Financial assistance and scholarship programs are available. Please email for more information.

Assistance is provided in English, Korean, and Spanish. Please call us at 773-583-5501 with any questions.



Information about scheduled Citizenship workshops can be found on the events section of our website and our Facebook page.

Currently scheduled Citizenship workshops include:

HANA Center Condemns Trump Administration's Cancellation of DACA

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, in a message delivered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration announced that it is cancelling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month extension. With this decision, the administration is shifting the responsibility to Congress to develop a permanent solution. Since 2012, nearly 800,000 young people have come out of the shadows through DACA, including thousands of Asian Americans. Through DACA, they have been able to live, work, drive and study legally in America, contributing to our communities and our economy. Now, these young Americans who came to this country as children could lose their jobs, ability to go to school, drivers licenses, and are at risk for deportation. The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates HANA Center and Korean Resource Center condemn the administration's irresponsible decision and call on the U.S. government to immediately develop an acceptable legislative solution that will allow these young people to continue to succeed in America and continue DACA until this legislation is signed into law.

"It is cruel and un-American to ruin the lives of young people who stepped forward in good faith to participate in a program that has proven to be successful. They trusted the government. Ending DACA means the country is abandoning them and all the progress we have made together," stated Dae Joong Yoon, NAKASEC Co-Director. "These young people have jobs, attend schools, pay for housing, and support families. Cutting off their means to make a living and denying them opportunities to live up to their potential actively harms not only these young people but our entire country. Government now must ensure there is no gap in protection for these young people. DACA recipients must be able to keep their jobs, continue to attend schools, and be protected from deportation until a legislative solution is reached."     

Since August 15, the five-year anniversary of DACA, NAKASEC, HANA Center and Korean Resource Center have been leading a coalition of advocates, faith and community leaders at the Dream Action: Our Youth, Our Future, a 22-day round-the-clock action in front of the White House to defend DACA and protest any attempts to repeal it or use it to pit members of the immigrant community against each other.

"Congress must move immediately to pass a clean, standalone DREAM Act that does not harm other immigrants. Such legislation should not use youth as bargaining chips to criminalize their parents and increase border and interior enforcement," said Jung Woo Kim, co-lead of #DreamAction17, adding, "we also call for a moratorium on deportations, with absolutely no data sharing to facilitate immigration enforcement actions."

"It is inhumane and morally bankrupt to take away the livelihood of young people. DACA protected not only those directly impacted, but communities of friends, classmates, co-workers, and loved ones. This is the time to come together and fight for and protect all of our communities. We call on everyone who values decency and humanity to act. If you have a church, open your doors to sanctuary. If you are an immigration lawyer, take on a pro-bono case. If you are a counselor, be ready to provide crisis intervention work. And no matter who you are, call your members of Congress and tell them to pass the DREAM Act, " said Becky Belcore, NAKASEC Co-Director.

What do I need to know if the DACA program ends? (Korean Below)


What do I need to know if the DACA program ends?

There are some reports that President Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program soon. At this time, we do not know when or if the DACA program will be terminated or what the end of the program may look like. For example, will those with DACA continue to be protected from deportation and able to use their work permits until they expire? Or will DACA approvals and work permits be revoked? While the DACA program remains in effect at this time, below are some things to keep in mind should the program end.

  1. Work Permits /Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)
    • Generally, work permits are valid until they expire or if the government demands they be returned.  
    • If the DACA program ends but you are allowed to keep your work permit, you have the right to work legally until your work permit’s expiration date.
    • Even if the DACA program ends, you have no obligation to inform your employer that DACA has ended. Your employer does not have the right to ask you whether you are a DACA recipient or how you got your work permit.
    • Your employer does not have the right to fire you, put you on leave, or change your work status until after your work permit has expired. If your expiration date is nearing, your employer may ask you for an updated work permit but cannot take any action against you until after it is expired.
  2. Social Security Number (SSN)
    • You social security number is valid even if your DACA and work permit is expired.
    • You can use your SSN for education, banking, or other purposes.
    • Your SSN contains a condition on it that it requires a valid work permit to use it for employment purposes.
  3. Driver's License
  4. Other Immigration Options
    • You may be eligible for other immigration benefits. Please call HANA Center if you would like an immigration consultation. We provide free or low-cost immigration consultations. Please contact Organizing Director, Nayoung Ha: 773-583-5501 or 773-633-1270 | nha@hanacenter.org.
    • Avoid fraudulent service providers: confirm their credentials, ask for a written contract, receipt for any payments, and if you have doubts, please get a second opinion. 

DACA PROGRAM이 종료된다면 내가 알아야 할 것은 무엇인가?

트럼프 대통령이 청소년 추방유예 프로그램 (DACA)을 곧 종료할 수도 있을 거라는 소식이 전해지고 있습니다. 지금 현재로서는 DACA 프로그램이 언제 종료될 지 또한 어떤 형태로 종료가 될지 아무도 알 수 없습니다. 예를 들어 현 DACA 수혜자들이  강제추방으로부터 보호를 받고 노동허가서를 만료일까지 사용할 수 있을지 아니면 승인된 DACA와 노동허가서가 철회될 지 지금으로서는 아무것도 예측할 수 없습니다. 다음은 DACA 프로그램이 아직 효력을 유지하는 현재의 시점에서, 다카가 종료될 경우를 생각해서 염두에 두어야 할 사항들입니다. 

  1. 노동 허가서 (Work Permits)
    • 노동 허가서 (EAD)는 일반적으로 만료되거나 정부에서 반환을 요구하기 전까지 유효합니다. 정부로부터 반환 요구를 받지 않는 한 아래와 같은 사항이 적용되어야만 합니다.
    • DACA프로그램이 종료 되더라도 노동허가서를 유지할 수 있다록 허용된다면 귀하는 허가서의 종료일까지 합법적으로 일을 할 수 있는 권리가 있습니다.
    • DACA 프로그램이 종료 되더라도, 고용주에게 DACA 프로그램이 종료되었음을 알릴 의무는 없습니다. 고용주는 귀하가 DACA 프로그램의 수혜자인지 또는 노동 허가서를 어떻게 받았는지에 대해 질문할 권리가 없습니다.
    • 노동 허가가 만료되기 전까지 고용주는 귀하를 해고하거나 업무를 정지 시키거나 업무를 변경할 권리가 없습니다. 고용주는 허가서의 만료일이 가까와지면 노동 허가서의 갱신여부를 귀하에게 물을 수는 있지만  만료일 전까지는 귀하에게 불리한 조치를 취할 수 없습니다. 
  2. 사회 보장 번호 (Social Security Numbers; SSNs)
    • 사회 보장 번호(SSN)는 노동 허가서및 DACA 승인이 만료되더라도 평생 동안 유효합니다.
    • 사회 보장 번호를 아직 신청하지 않았다면 DACA와 노동 허가서가 여전히 유효할 때  신청하도록 하십시요.
    • 노동 허가서가 만료된 후에도 DACA  프로그램을 통해 취득한 사회 보장 번호(SSN)를 계속 사용할 수 있고, 또 사용해야만 합니다.  사회보장번호 (SSN)은 학업, 은행업무, 주거 및 기타 목적를 위해 사용할 수 있습니다.
    • 귀하의 사회 보장 번호에는 이 번호를 취업 목적으로 사용하기 위해서는 유효한 노동 허가서를 필수적 제출해야 한다는 조건이 포함되어 있습니다.     
  3. 운전 면허증
    • 일리노이주의 경우 노동허가증이 만료되는 시점에서 귀하의 운전면허증이 취소될 수도 있습니다. 이런 경우임시 방문자 운전면허증을 신청하세요.
  4. 기타 다른 종류의 이민 방법 
    • 많은 DACA 수혜자들이 노동 허가서나 영주권을 취득할 수 있는 다른 종류의 이민 신청이 가능할 수도 있습니다. 
    • 귀하가 선택할 수 있는 법적인 가능성들과 귀하에게 다른 종류의 이민 신청 자격이 있는지를 알아보려면, 이민 서비스를  제공하는 하나센터에  연락하세요. 사시는 지역에 따라 무료 또는 저렴한 이민관련 법률 상담을 연결해 드립니다. 담당자: 하나영 조직 디렉터 [773-583-5501, 773-633-1270 / nha@hanacenter.org]
    • 사기성 이민 서비스 제공자를 피하기 위해서는 제공자의 자격 증명서를 확인하고, 서면 계약서를 요청하며, 모든 종류의 지불금에 대한 영수증을 반드시 받아야 합니다.  서비스 제공자에 대해 의심이 생긴다면, 다른 전문가에게 두번째 의견을 구하도록 하십시요.

Join the Fight to Defend DACA

August 25, 2017

Taneka Jennings, 773.583.5501. taneka@hanacenter.org
Nayoung Ha, 773.583.5501. nha@hanacenter.org

4 PM TODAY: With DACA in Danger, Immigrant Communities Rally to Protect Our Young People's Future

Following reports that there are serious efforts within the Trump Administration to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), NAKASEC & its affiliates HANA Center, Korean Resource Center, and United We Dream will be holding a rally at 4 pm today, Friday, August 25, in front of the White House. DREAM Action leaders are calling on everyone -- community, faith and civic leaders, advocates, allies, and friends -- to join us to demand that President Trump defend DACA.

NAKASEC's DREAM Action  co-leads Dae Joong Yoon and Jung Woo Kim shared the following statement:

"DACA enables nearly 800,000 young people to live with dignity and work and go to school without fear of deportation. It allows them to contribute to the country that they love - and the only home that many of them have ever known. That's why DACA has garnered strong bipartisan support from Congress as well as the public.

"Immigrant communities and allies have organized for years to be able to live free from fear of deportation. DACA gives some of us that breathing space. If the Trump administration is signaling that they will end DACA, they are sending a clear message that they do not care about young people and will actively harm them and their families. It is an outrage and a disgrace that the President of the United States is willing to be influenced by a hateful anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda and eliminate a program that has transformed so many lives and helped boost the economy. Ending DACA will hurt this country."

"We love our communities. It is this love that inspires and energizes us as we join in solidarity in front of the White House through heat and rain, all hours of the day and night. Since our action began, we have spoken with thousands of visitors to raise awareness about DACA. Through our conversations, we have witnessed huge support, which reflects the fact that 8 in 10 voters support DREAMers being allowed to stay and live to their potential in the U.S."

Since August 15 - the five-year anniversary of DACA, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) has been leading a coalition of advocates, faith and community leaders at #DREAMAction17, a 22-day round-the-clock action in front of the White House to defend DACA and protest any attempts to repeal it or use it to pit members of the immigrant community against each other.

Run for HANA

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Join HANA Center on Saturday, September 9 at Run for LoveRun for Love is a 5K run/1K walk that everyone can enjoy while supporting community wellness at the same time. Launched in 2006, the 5K Run for Love Foundation organized the event to raise awareness and support children and families struggling with health needs, domestic violence, immigration issues, and more.

HANA Center is proud to be a partner and beneficiary of this year's Run for Love! Come out and enjoy a beautiful day with us while supporting HANA Center's work to uplift vulnerable members of our community! Bring friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family! You can register for the run here! See you there! 


Start time is 8:00 am. 
Registration starts at 6:30 am.
Glenview Gallery Park
2400 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview, IL

Now is the Time for Unity!

We at HANA, and our national partners NAKASEC and Korean Resource Center, are sickened by the racist events in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. We condemn this act of domestic terrorism and our hearts go out the family and friends of Heather Heyer and those who were injured.

Now is the time we must come together. We must speak out and act in the unity that this country desperately needs to heal, grow stronger and move forward. On Tuesday, August 15th, HANA Center, NAKASEC, Korean Resource Center, Franciscan Action Network, Church World Service, Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, Faith in Public Life, and UndocuBlack Network with support from 23 endorsing organizations will launch DREAM Action: Our Youth, Our Future

Join us tomorrow Tuesday August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Murrow Park (intersection of 18th and H Streets NW, in front of the IMF and two blocks from the White House) for the launch in Washington D.C. 

You can sign up to become a sponsoring or endorsing organization on our website here.

August 2017 Newsletter

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On July 19th, 80 HANA community members joined a packed house for the Healthy Illinois Gubernatorial Healthcare and Immigration Candidates Forum with Senator Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker.

Syrian Community Network Executive Director Suzanne Akrahs shared her story, recounting difficult challenges faced by many Syrian immigrants and refugees as a result of the Muslim Ban Executive Order. At the end of the forum, one our of our senior community members approached Suzanne, embraced her and said, "You are my daughter. I am from Korea. I am with you."

This powerful connection between two people represents the kind of inspiring community alliance HANA works hard for every day! We must join together across our diverse communities to protect our human rights and secure a healthy, strong future for everyone.


Coffeehouse 2K17

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Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity (FYSH) held their annual talent show/fundraiser Coffeehouse on July 28th. FYSH youth raised over $1,600 for their DREAM Scholarship, created to support young people in our communities regardless of immigration status. 

We would like to especially recognize our community members who donated generously to Coffeehouse and joined us as audience members.

CMAP & HANA Center

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HANA Center partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to conduct focus groups and survey over 100 Asian American community members in the Chicago area, ensuring our voices will be considered in CMAP's transportation and housing planning for Year 2050.

Summer Parenting Group


HANA Center's Summer Parenting Cohort held their final meeting in July. Parents and their children learned about Asian American history and political empowerment, developed a socio-political analysis of race and ethnicity, and improved their communication and team building skills. HANA is excited as we prepare for our Fall Parenting Cohort. For more information, contact Nayoung Ha at nha@hanacenter.org.

NAKASEC & Affiliates Call on Congress to Support and Protect Our Young People!

미주한인봉사교육단체협의회 (미교협)와
가입단체 민족학교 
(캘리포니아주), 그리고
하나센터 (일리노이주)는 미 연방 상원에 
상정된 드림법안을 환영한다.

2017년 8월 20일 미 연방 상원 린지 그램
(공화당-사우스캐롤라이나)의원 과 딕 덜빈 
(민주당-일리노이주)의원은 공동으로 서류미비
청소년들에게 시민권 신청 자격을 부여 하는 
드림 법안을 상정 했다. 상정된 드림법안은
자격이 되는 청년들에게 임시 영주권을
부여하고 궁극적으로는 시민권 부여의 기회를 제공한다. 미연방 하원에서도 유사한
드림법안이 곧 상정될 것이다. 드림액이 법으로 제정 된다면 130,000 여명의 아시안 아메리칸 청소년 포함 1백 5십 여만 명의 서류미비 이민 청소년들이 영주권을 신청 할 수 있게 된다.

최근 3주 전 택사주의 법무장관을 중심으로 남부 주들이 공동으로 트럼프 행정부에게 청소년 
추방유예(DACA) 프로그램을 2017년 9월 5일 까지 중단하지 않으면 추방유예프로그램 폐지를 위한 법정 소송을 한다고 발표한 상황에서
연방 상원에 상정된 드림법안은 이민자 
청소년과 이민자 커뮤니티에 반가운 소식이다.

2012년 8월 15일 부터 실행된 추방유예
프로그램에 현재 800,000 여 명의 서류미비 
청소년들이 혜택을 받으며, 추방의 공포에서
벗어나 그들의 재능과 능력을 미국 사회에
기여 하고 있다.  

미교협과 가입단체들은 트럼프 행정부와
미연방의회가 서류미비 청소년들을 보호하고
그들의 소중한 꿈을 실현 하는데 큰 도움을 주는 추방 유예 프로그램을 보호하고, 하루 빨리
드림액을법으로 제정 할 것을 강력히 촉구한다.



NAKASEC & Affiliates Call on Congress to Support and Protect Our Young People!

Yesterday, Senators Durbin (D-IL), Graham
(R-SC), Schumer (D-NY) and Flake (R-AZ) reintroduced the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) into the United States Senate. The DREAM Act will grant conditional residency for undocumented young people and provide them with a pathway towards citizenship. It is expected the bill will also be re-introduced into the House of Representatives shortly.

About three weeks ago, the Texas attorney general with nine other states threatened to sue the government if DACA is not rescinded by September 5th. Ending the DACA program will throw the lives of almost 800,000 young people into chaos, stealing their ability to work, provide for their families and live without fear from deportation, and study. This is unacceptable and Congress must act now to ensure DACA is maintained and protected. 

The re-introduction of the DREAM Act is a beacon of light during these dark times and, with our young people, we must fight for the best and most inclusive version of this bill. There are an estimated 130,000 DACA eligible Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. We urge our Members of Congress to both protect DACA and pass the DREAM Act immediately so that our young people can live without fear and with dignity.