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VAP FOUNDER DONATES $25,000 TO DACA STUDENTS AT BENITO JUAREZ COMMUNITY ACADEMY.
Chicago, IL, September 15, 2017– VAP Founder, Brian Hynes, donated $25,000 to assist Dreamers applying for their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Hynes joined 25th Ward Alderman, Daniel Solis, to jointly contribute $30,000 to the Resurrection Project to cover the legal and application fees for (50) students from a Pilsen neighborhood high school, Benito Juarez Community Academy. DACA provides temporary immigration relief through study and work authorization, for children who entered the country before 2007. It has benefitted more than 800,000 young people across the country and over 42,000 Illinoisans have deferred action.
“When I found out that our students only had one month to apply, I knew funds would become an obstacle,” said Benito Juarez principal, Juan Carlos Ocon. “The Alderman’s announcement ensures that every Benito Juarez student who needs to renew can do so, and will be protected from deportation for two more years.”
Days after the Trump administration announced their rescission of DACA, Alderman Solis and Brian Hynes collectively worked to make this contribution possible. During a political climate filled with much uncertainty for our immigrant community, this contribution will cover the costs for students who otherwise may not be able to afford to renew their status.
“Ending DACA is unthinkable. These applications will give these great young students two more years while Congress gets its act together,” said Alderman Solis. Hynes added “I’m humble and honored to help.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Vendor Assistance Program, LLC (VAP) is a specialty finance company that finances sovereign, government receivables, helping vendors manage cash-flow. VAP was founded in 2010 in partnership with the State of Illinois to address the State’s delayed payment cycle. Since the company’s inception, VAP’s principals have purchased over $9 billion of deferred payments.