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Yunuen Rodriguez
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Yunuen Rodriguez is an undocumented queer activist and scholar. Her involvement in the immigrant rights movement dates to 2002, with efforts to pass Illinois's in-state tuition bill for undocumented students. She serves on boards of Youth Funding Committee at Crossroads Fund and the Roger Bardwell Scholarship, as a way to tackle multiple structural problems as well as assure that undocumented students, and other nontraditional students, from the City Colleges of Chicago can attain a bachelor's degree. Her current research focuses on the influence of intimate border-crossing relationships on our immigration movement. Her past weeks have been spent organizing for the "Bring Marcela Home! Support the DREAM 30" campaign in Illinois. Scribbling away next to bodies of water and squeezing Bebe Manchita, her cat, are among her favorite pastimes.

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Humanitarian Crisis? Traveling Unaccompanied?: Reflections on Government Framing (Part 3)

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Reflection 4: These minors travel accompanied by adult relatives and despite the human label, they become criminals in just two weeks.

Though most of these audacious young people do travel alone, a significant number do not. Contact with these children and their families informs my assertion that at least...

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Humanitarian Crisis? Traveling Unaccompanied?: Reflections on Government Framing (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 7:29 PM

Reflection 2: Our government isn't really invested in the well being of these children since our policies have played a great role in making them live as adults and placing them in harm's way all their lives. Chances are, this will not change upon migration.

My interaction with...

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Humanitarian Crisis? Traveling Unaccompanied?: Reflections on Government Framing (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:24 PM

The presence of immigrant children from primarily Central American countries at the U.S./Mexico border this summer has dramatically diminished for the past few weeks and government officials and those who work directly with them question if the sudden ebb will remain steady for the rest of the year.

However, what...

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Challenging Our Ideas of Home & Belonging: The Importance of DREAM 9 & DREAM 30 Actions

(14) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Co-authored by Lulu Martinez

On Monday, September 30, thirty individuals who were raised in the U.S. but were deported or forced to return to their countries of origin in Latinoamérica, turned themselves in to immigration authorities at the Laredo, Texas port of entry. They are asking for humanitarian parole in...

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