62 University of Illinois at Chicago Faculty & Admin ask for Release of Dream 9

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Sixty two faculty members of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have released a letter of support for the ‘Dream 9′, including Lulu Martinez, a current UIC student and former IYJL organizer, being held at Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. Lulu Martinez intends to continue her studies upon her return. You can also read […]

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IYJL Statement In Response to Deferred Action Memo Approach


In the past two months leading up to August 15th, when the application is expected to be released for undocumented youth to apply, we have seen organizations come out in support of this memorandum. The Immigrant Youth Justice League also acknowledges the concerns that other organizations and individuals have expressed in regards to the deferred […]

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This is our moment


The Illinois Dream Act was signed into law on Monday August 1st, 2011 by Governor Pat Quinn. As part of the ceremony of this historic event, Arianna Salgado spoke about her own experience as an undocumented student and as part of the team of organizers that made the IL Dream Act a reality. Below is […]

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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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Last Push for the IL Dream Act

Update 5/30:  The Illinois Dream Act passed with 60 votes in favor. To be signed by the governor into law within the next few weeks. Look out for a new blog soon! Update 5/28: We are still working on getting some votes from key legislators for the bill. The IL Dream Act could be called up […]

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Chicago undocumented students risking arrest in Georgia

[UPDATE: David and Andrea were arrested earlier today. More information here] Today seven undocumented students will be declaring their undocumented status publicly in the first action of it’s kind in Atlanta, Georgia. Two IYJL organizers, David and Andrea, will be participating in support of the fight against anti-immigrant legislation, including a decision by the Georgia Board […]

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