Albany Park Father Appeals for Discretion in His January 31st Deportation Order Stemming from Mistaken Immigration Raid at His Apartment Building

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Albany Park Father Appeals for Discretion in his January 31st Deportation Order Stemming from Mistaken Immigration Raid at His Apartment Building Since the fall, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted at least four raids at the same Albany Park apartment building according to its tenants. On December 6th, 2013 immigration agents wearing vests marked “police” […]

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Temporary Immigrants? Hesitations, Critiques and Why IYJL Supports Driver’s Licenses (TVDL)

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On December 4 2012 the Illinois senate approved a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants access to a driver’s license. The vote on Senate Bill 957 is expected to take place on January December 4th, 2013 in the state house of representatives. The bill proposes access to  Temporary Visitor’s Driving License (TVDL) for undocumented immigrants without a […]

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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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Chicago Undocumented Worker and Parent Arrested in Alabama Civil Disobedience

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2011 Martin Unzueta, long-time Chicago community organizer and parent participated in a civil disobedience in Montgomery, Alabama. He was arrested along with 3 other undocumented parents, and 10 undocumented youth protesting the increasing criminalization of immigrants. What: A press conference by Chicago undocumented youth and other community members, in solidarity […]

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

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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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Marcelo released, still facing deportation

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Yesterday afternoon, an undocumented student, Marcelo Cantañeda, 26, was released from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Chicago. After being told Marcelo would be deported today, local and national immigration organizations rallied along with friends and family to get Marcelo out of detention and stop his deportation. Although reunited with his family, his legal case […]

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