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  • Edición impresa de Mayo 21, 2013

A group of seven undocumented immigrants from Illinois sat down on May 14 blocking the doors to the Immigration Detention Facility in Broadview, Illinois, linking arms together using pipes, chains, and locks. They were protesting the record-high deportations under President Obama, and the lack of leadership from Illinois representatives to call for a suspension of these deportations.

“I am tired of living in fear of having my family separated at any moment. Why are we losing 1,100 people every day while legislators talk about immigration reform, when the President has the power to suspend deportations of our parents now, just as he did with students” said Xanat Sobrevilla, an undocumented immigrant taking part in the blockade who received her deferred action last winter.

“We are asking Senator Durbin to help us deliver our message to the President. As a Senator who has supported young people like me, I am asking him to  help make sure that my parents are still here to benefit from immigration reform,” stated Sobrevilla.

In one of the pictures, the seven immigrants, celebrate their action after being released in record time.

The action was organized by a coalition of organization led by undocumented youth in the state, including Undocumented Illinois, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, the Latino Youth Action League of DuPage. For more information on the action and participants, please visit www.iyjl.org/stopdeportations or follow us on twitter at @UndocuIL for updates.

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