Press Conference & Phone Bank Urging House Reps to Pass Illinois Driver’s License Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 03, 2012 PRESS CONFERENCE AND PHONE BANKING UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH & STUDENTS URGE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES TO PASS  SB 957, HIGHWAY SAFETY LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FAMILIES Phone banking organized by IYJL will follow immediately after the press conference. [Facebook Invite] [Fact Sheet] (Chicago, IL) Undocumented immigrant youth who qualify to apply for a driver’s license […]

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Documenting the Undocumented: On the Intersections Between Ethnography, Politics and Ethics

David Ramirez (right) coming out of the shadows in Chicago, on March 10th, 2010

I remember the first time I met organizers from the Immigrant Youth Justice League. I was attending a grassroots leadership training when a youth organizer took the floor. The organizer stood up and introduced himself as an undocumented student who could not get his citizenship although he did everything that could be expected of him. […]

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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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Yanelli Was Deported. Now What?


Yanelli was deported today and many people are asking, “Now what?” For those of us who care, this was a tragic and sad situation. Unfortunately, there are many more undocumented youth who are battling with depression and other mental health issues. Many of us are currently in deportation proceedings or have already been deported like […]

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50 Ways to Come Out Undocumented & Unafraid

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As National Coming out of the Shadows week approaches, here is a list of 50 ways to declare that we are undocumented and unafraid (or getting there), that we are still here and are not leaving, and that we are a well organized and creative movement. This list was gathered through suggestions on various social […]

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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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