Undocumented Youth Insist Senator Durbin Can Take A Stance on Suspension of Deportations

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Tuesday May 14th, six undocumented DACA-elegible youth, and one undocumented mom took over the street in front of the Broadview Detention Center urging for elected officials to take a stance in favor of a suspension of deportations as a first step to comprehensive immigration reform. In Illinois, we believe part of the strategy is to aks our […]

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How Queer Undocumented Youth Built the Immigrant Rights Movement

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This article was originally published on the Huffington Post Blog.  How did we build an immigrant rights movement? As undocumented queer immigrants, we learned from our own experiences. Frank Sharry’s latest opinion piece in The Washington Post extols the gay rights movement for teaching the immigrant rights movement how to fight, and in doing so, he places himself […]

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How I stopped believing in CIR and learned to love ‘piecemeal’ legislation

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Versión en Español Tania A. Unzueta I must admit, I once believed in  comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). I believed in what it promised, an overhaul of an antiquated immigration system that would result in a conditional path to citizenship for the 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants who currently reside in the United States. I […]

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IYJL At Three


October 2012 marks three years since a group of undocumented youth gathered at the Hull House for a meeting titled “Shout it Out.” What was to be a discussion inviting different undocumented youth to organize did not make it past introductions. That day, we shared tears, laughter, and togetherness over a conversation touching on our […]

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IYJL On Deferred Action Application: What’s Next?


Photo Courtesy of: Photo Credit: Steve Pavey/The NIYA IYJL Statement On Deferred Action Application: What’s Next? The Immigrant Youth Justice League commends the Department of Homeland Security for doing its job on releasing the applications on time. We hope that the implementation of deferred action will not fall on deaf ears and that each case […]

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We have a long way to go, but together we will succeed!


My name is Fanny and I am undocumented. My sister, my mother and I crossed the border 10 years ago and we reunited with my father after being separated for almost three years. I went to Fenton High School in Bensenville, IL and last year I graduated from Dominican University.  Not being eligible for work, […]

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