Undocumented Youth: March on May 1st

Chicago Spring: May Day

I remember my uncle being detained. I was 11 years old living in Dallas, Texas. I had only been in the U.S. for three years. I remember conversations between my mom and my aunt about what do next. We couldn’t ignore the fact that my uncle who I had just played at the park with […]

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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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When family makes all the difference


  Editor’s Note: This is Lulu’s last week in Chicago, as she is packing up and moving to Atlanta, Georgia. She will be working with local community organizations supporting undocumented youth organizing in the state. We thank her for her contributions, and are excited for the opportunities ahead. My name is Lulu and I’m undocumented. […]

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Illinois Dream Act: The Facts

Update: The Illinois Dream Act was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn on Monday August 1st, 2011. The ceremony took place in Chicago’s Benito Juarez High School, on the anniversary of the introduction of the federal legislation, also known as the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act. This legislation makes Illinois […]

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Our first legislative victory: The Inside Story

By Carla Navoa, IYJL Organizer Editor’s Note: On Monday May 31st the state house voted in favor of passing the Illinois Dream Act (SB 2185), soon to be signed into law. At no tax-payer cost, this bill would create a private scholarship fund for undocumented students, provide trainings for school counselors on opportunities for immigrant […]

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A dream deferred, a life denied

Undocumented youth talk about suicide, mental health and the DREAM Act, in memory of those who took their lives because their dreams and futures were denied. Tuesday, December 07, 2010 @ 12:00 PM, Federal Plaza Help us spread the word: Download the flyer, or check facebook. “I graduated in June of 2009, a day after my graduation […]

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