Deferred Action Forgets About Our Parents

It was a cold October night and I had just come from school. The house was silent. And the only sound came from children playing and laughing outside. As I enter my house I could see my family was gathering around someone. One of my uncles came up to me and told me that my grandmother passed away. And […]

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How to walk out of a DHS [In]secure Communities hearing

This is the testimony/ call for a walk out by Alaa Mukahhal, given at the public hearing on Secure Communities in Chicago, August 17th, 2011. After this call, over 300 people walked out of the meeting to join a civil disobedience by undocumented students outside.  My name is Alaa and I’m undocumented. Today, I am […]

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We’re not cute. We’re organized.

On Wednesday IYJL posted the following quote from the National Public Radio (NPR) article A new generation of Dreamers Goes Public: “‎I think we got special treatment. Trying to deport us probably would have caused too much of an uproar,” says David Ramírez of Chicago, who was among those arrested in Atlanta. “It was calling the government’s bluff, […]

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