Lissette: “It’s Clear That All I Did Was Stand- Or In This Case Lie- In Solidarity.”

I decided to engage in an act of civil disobedience outside of the Broadview Detention Center out of a desire to stand in solidarity with those most directly affected by our immigration system. Nobody should be subjected to the unimaginable suffering and anxiety which thousands of individuals and families are forced to endure, and, finally, because I can; as a citizen and as someone who enjoys the arbitrary advantage of citizenship, I’m in position of great privilege. Privilege demands action!

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Cecilio Is Out of Detention!

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“This morning, Cecilio was supposed to be on a plane to Mexico. Instead, he’s on his way back to Aurora, Illinois to be reunited with his wife and two children.”

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Sara: “We All Have The Right To Be Here Without Living In Constant Fear. We have The Right To Live With Dignity. We Have The Right To Exist.”

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“So when a community member is detained, it is a personal attack on me. I will not sit back and continue to watch families be destroyed and separated. We all have the right to be here without living in constant fear. We have the right to live with dignity. We have the right to exist.”

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Lourdes: “My Story Does Not End Here; I Am Still In Deportation Proceedings But I Am No Longer Afraid.”

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“That is the reason I am here coming out of the shadows. Because I feel my skin curling [goose bumps] and my heart breaks when thinking that my children could be left without their mother. And all of their dreams and mine will be truncated. I will not stop fighting. I will not let them separate me from my children.”

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María: “To This Day, My Son Turns White and Hides When He Sees Police Officers. They Are No Longer There To Protect Us.”

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“When I got home, I found out they were ICE. They handcuffed him in front of our children and left, leaving my children and I huddled on the floor in tears. To this day, my son turns white and hides when he sees police officers. They are no longer there to protect us.”

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María: “Como Madre Yo Pido Que Paren Las Separaciones De Familias”

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“Él no quería que el día en que lo iban a deportar llegara. Quería que no pasaran las horas. Yo sentía que mi corazón se desgarraba. El día en que lo deportaron no pude abrazarlo por última vez. Yo tenía miedo que regresara a México, un país desconocido. El llego sin identificación y si un hogar a donde llegar. Desde que llego a México no ha podido encontrar trabajo y un hogar estable.”

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