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Elvira Arellano leads immigration march urging ICE to stop deportations (PHOTOS)

Immigration reform advocates gathered for a rally in Federal Plaza followed by a march to ICE headquarters in downtown Chicago Thursday afternoon. The event was organized by Familia Latina Unida/Sin Fronteras, an immigrant advocacy organization co-founded by Elvira Arellano.  Arellano, an undocumented Mexican national, became a symbol of the immigration reform movement after taking refuge […]

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Congress struggles with immigration reform, deportations reach record highs

*Updated on March 24 *The Gate isn’t using the last names of the family in this story to protect their confidentiality. When Karla first heard that undocumented students like her could apply for a work permit regardless of their immigration status, she was ecstatic. Karla is a junior at Juarez high school. She belongs to […]

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Affordable Care Act update from the BYNC ACA outreach coordinator

1. With less than 1 month left before ACA open enrollment closes, what should consumers know? Consumers need to know March 31st is the last day to select a plan from the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare provides a new tax credit to help consumers afford health coverage purchased through the Marketplace. According to the […]

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Immigrants ‘Come Out’ in National Effort

Local organizations and community groups met at Union Park for the National Coming out of the Shadows march on Sunday, March 10. Nearly 200 people gathered for a press conference before marching to the Federal Plaza. This is the fourth anniversary of the march and rally organized mainly by undocumented immigrants. This year, protesters shared […]

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Undocumented Youth: Dreaming, Waiting, Falling Through the Cracks

Interviews and Reporting by THE GATE’s Youth Journalists Spanish translation immediately follows at the end of this article. Traducción en español sigue inmediatamente al final del articulo. Although exact numbers are hard to attain, it is no secret the Back of the Yards neighborhood is home to a large population of undocumented youth who arrive […]