A dream deferred, a life denied

Undocumented youth talk about suicide, mental health and the DREAM Act, in memory of those who took their lives because their dreams and futures were denied. Tuesday, December 07, 2010 @ 12:00 PM, Federal Plaza Help us spread the word: Download the flyer, or check facebook. “I graduated in June of 2009, a day after my graduation […]

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“I Decided That a Razor Blade Would Cut Open The Door Out of This Place”

At 16, I watched my friends start visiting colleges, studying for driver’s tests, looking for summer jobs.  Without a social security number, there would be none of that for me.  I tried to imagine the day after high school graduation, and it was blank, void, non-existent. I decided that a razor blade would cut open the door […]

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Time for the DREAM Act

Update: A new DREAM Act bill has been introduced in the Senate, and a vote may be taken as soon as tomorrow. Please help us by helping us get the votes necessary to make our dreams come true. We have been fighting for the DREAM Act for the last 10 years, and today it comes […]

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A letter from our university presidents: “Why we support the DREAM Act”

In the university admissions process, we do not judge a student based on his or her immigration status. Instead, we look for talent. We scrutinize SAT/ACT scores and grade point averages. We read thousands of essays. We seek out leaders and community servants. And every year, undocumented students are admitted to our colleges, fair and square. Many undocumented […]

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“Because THIS is a Revolution!” A Slam Poem

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“Because THIS is a Revolution!” A slam poem by Jorge I didn’t have to run across the border to know that as much as I love her. America does not love me back. And as much as I want to succeed, she won’t let me. My mother brought me here when she was 27 My […]

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IYJL turns 1: Still undocumented, unafraid

In October of this year, the Immigrant Youth Justice League turned 1 year old. We recently took a look back at the last year. This is part one of the reflection. Enjoy! Part 1: Beginnings: Fighting Youth Deportations October 2009, After running out of legal options, Rigo realized he would need more than a lawyer […]

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