About IYJL

IYJL is a Chicago-based organization led by undocumented youth working towards full recognition of the rights and contributions of all immigrants through education, leadership development, policy advocacy, resource gathering, and mobil
Website: http://www.iyjl.org
IYJL has written 248 articles so far, you can find them below.


Guest Post: “Five Reasons I Am Renewing DACA”

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“DACA is not the end to the immigration debate in this country, but it is a step in the right direction. If DACA recipients can legally work in the United States and drive without fear of getting deported, then the same should go for mothers, fathers, and other undocumented people. We need permanent relief to stop senseless deportations and to give the estimated 11 million undocumented people in this country an opportunity to pursue their American Dream without fear.”

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I Define Myself: Undocumented & Unafraid Portrait Exhibit

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Join us on Saturday June 14th at 6PM for the opening reception and panel discussion of the “I Define Myself: Undocumented & Unafraid” Portrait Project. Panelists to include: Jocelyn Munguia Fearless Undocumented Alliance), Yaxal Sobrevilla (UIC Heritage Garden), Arianna Salgado (Immigrant Youth Justice League), and Fanny López (featured in the project).

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Undocumented Activists Deplore Obama’s Decision to Delay Deportation Relief

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“Families like mine cannot wait for relief. My father could be deported in the next few months and the President continues to play political games with our lives. We will hold the President and other politicians accountable for the harm they have inflicted on our communities. We will continue to take action to demand that the President provide immediate relief from deportations,” explains Gabriela Benitez”

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Antonio at May Day: “I Am Now Telling President Obama That We Don’t Want This Change”

” I am now telling President Obama that we don’t want this change, we don’t want your hope if this is what hope and change look like. I don’t want to be afraid that I might lose another family member, a friend, a lover, and a community member tomorrow.”

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Sneak Peek Into The Undocumented Art Exhibit Event!

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Have you heard? On Saturday, Undocumented Illinois will be having an Unapologetic Art Exhibit. In anticipation, we wanted to share you a step-by-step teaser of the art and music you will be exposed to.

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Antonio: “We Need To Stand Up And Organize!”

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“We can’t keep waiting for politicians or for others to change these unfair policies and just like we need to change the immigration laws nationally, we also need to stand up to IIT’s administration and tell them that we are here, we are IIT, we are IIT’s future and we won’t hide anymore. We need to stand up and organize. My name is Antonio Gutierrez, I’m undocumented, queer, and I am IIT.”

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