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Emanuel announces $275K for immigrant scholarships

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Associated Press

Chicago officials say they've raised $275,000 so far in private donations for an immigrant scholarship fund.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the money Wednesday on the same day thousands of young immigrants lined up to get help with a new federal immigration program that'll help them avoid deportation.

A news release from Emanuel says the private donations include $100,000 from Univision's chairman Haim Saban and $150,000 from unused and privately raised NATO funds. Chicago hosted the NATO summit in May.

The total also includes a previously announced gift of $25,000 from Western Union.

The Illinois DREAM Act was signed into law last year. It created a privately funded scholarship program for high school graduates from immigrant families.

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