Undocumented and Unsure

I’ve reported on Loyola’s large undocumented population since President Trump was elected. Here is some of my reporting on their experiences at Loyola.

DACA unresolved as shutdown ends

When Alejandra Duran Arreola was 14 years old, she and her four younger siblings walked from their home town in Mexico through the Arizona desert with their mother. After crossing the border, they eventually settled in Georgia, where they did what work they could find, harvesting onions and eventually starting a small cleaning business… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com

Undocumented Loyola Medical Student Joins Durbin at State of the Union

An undocumented Loyola medical student traveled with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to Washington, D.C. Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Cesar Montelongo, a third-year student at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, is the first student in the MD-PhD program protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com.

White House Terminates DACA Program

The White House announced Tuesday it will end the program that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, leaving dozens of Loyola students in uncertainty… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com

Undocumented Students Relieved They Will Not Be Deported

Many of Loyola’s undocumented students are breathing a sigh of relief after the Donald J. Trump administration decided to allow them to remain in the country for the time being, but they are still unsure of their long-term future… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com.

Illinois Trust Act Extends Protections for Undocumented Students, Families

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Monday to protect undocumented immigrants statewide. It offers a new level of security for many of Loyola’s almost 150 undocumented students and their families… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com.

Undocumented and Unsure: Under Trump Presidency, Undocumented Students at Loyola Face Uncertain Future

“I consider myself to be a citizen; I was five years old when I came here. This country is my home, but now it feels like everything could change,” an undocumented Loyola student said. She requested her identity be concealed because of her immigration status.

She is one of about 150 undocumented students at Loyola… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com.

Mock Border Wall Sparks Immigration Dialogue

“Build the wall” has become a rallying cry for millions of conservative Americans who feel left behind by an increasingly diverse America. And “build the wall” is exactly what a group of Loyola students did, but for a very different reason than some conservatives might… Full story at LoyolaPhoenix.com. 


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