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Immigrant youth speak out

March 10, 2010

They’re young, well-educated and in the country illegally. Immigrant youth in Chicago are not afraid to speak out about their situation. After they helped stop of their friends’ pending deportation, they founded the Immigrant Youth Justice League at the end of last year. The group organized a demonstration on March 10 to “come out of the shadows” and demand immigration reform.

My article Young immigrants take the stage explores this group of young people who have grown up in America and are now fighting to claim their place.

Two of them are Uriel and Jessica, two driven students who keep hitting barriers because of their unauthorized status. Watch Uriel tell his story, and get a glimpse at Jessica’s life.

When writing about illegal immigration, finding the right words to describe people is a particular challenge. How do we describe those in the country illegally? is my attempt at answering this question (an incomplete and tangled one, but I tried nonetheless).

You can find the whole project under the “immigrant students” tab at the top of the page.


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