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Undocumented and Unafraid

Chicago mobilizes for immigrant rights - next step March 21 in Washington D.C.

By Viviana Moreno |
March 15, 2010
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Chicago, IL - Over 1000 young, undocumented immigrants and supporters gathered at Union Park here, March 10, followed by a march to “come out of the shadows.” This kick-started a national week of action for immigration reform that will lead up to a protest in Washington, D.C. on March 21. Immigrant rights protesters chanted, “Undocumented and unafraid!” as they were making their way towards Federal Plaza.

Eight young immigrant activists, members of the newly formed Immigration Youth Justice League shared their stories in front of thousands of people and encouraged other undocumented youth to come of out the shadows and join them in their fight for immigration reform. One of the speakers, Tania Unzueta said in her speech, “I know that I am tired of hiding…I do this knowing the risks we’re taking are necessary,” referring to publicly declaring her immigration status. Tania is one of the 12 million undocumented immigrants who came to this country wishing to fulfill their dreams of a higher education and a better future.

On March 21 tens of thousands will march in Washington to demand Congress act to pass immigration reform. They are marching because the Obama administration has failed to enact legislation to aide families torn apart by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They are fighting for legalization for all.