With fear and determination my mother ran, carrying me in her arms


My name is Rossette valladares and I am undocumented. Over two decades ago my family came to this country in hopes of a better life. I’m 22 and at my age my mother carried me in her arms. I was 8 months old when we crossed the border. In her stories and words she was […]

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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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Fighting For My Life: This Is My Story


By Jorge Mariscal  I came to this country when I was one year old.   I went to school here in Melrose Park, IL and graduated from here.  I’m undocumented, but I didn’t know that growing up–I thought I would be able to get a job just like any of my friends, and go to the […]

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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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Lulu: “A future without fear is possible”

During coming out week we are highlighting the stories that we told at our National Coming Out of the Shadows Rally: Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic. Lulu is a student and an IYJL organizer. She was one of the 21 undocumented youth who participated in a civil disobedience in Washington D.C. to push for the DREAM Act […]

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Karla wont give up her dreams

Listen to this story from Karla, an undocumetned student who called us to share her story of frustration and hope, and we all await the decision of our legislators, on whether to move forward on the DREAM Act. Karla wont give up her dreams She recorded this story by calling us and leaving a voice […]

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