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Our Existence Is Resistance

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Dear Lake County:

We need to advocate for undocumented immigrants. We need to strengthen our resources, access, and opportunity for families to frame their foundation. Lake County needs to become a sanctuary county, so undocumented immigrants can thrive not just survive. 

Sanctuary cities are designed to curb the involvement of the federal immigration authorities for undocumented immigrants. From the Center of Immigration studies website, Chicago and Cook County are listed as sanctuary cities, but there are no additional cities in the surrounding area including Lake County listed as a sanctuary even with our continuous, growing Latinx population.

Based on the Census data from the Rob Paral and Associates used by the Department of Homeland Security, it is estimated that 39,000 undocumented immigrants live in Lake County. My Grandparents came to the United States from Honduras before the Cuban Missile Crisis. They completed their English as Second Language (ESL) Program that was provided by my Grandmother’s employer. They were able to learn a language, build their own company, create their own wealth, and contribute back to society. When individuals feel empowered, they can mobilize. The lingering, incessant fear of deportation is crippling to not only individuals, but the economy of our county preventing people from going to the doctor, work, and even leaving their homes.

Our current federal administration is proposing to release undocumented detainees to sanctuary cities due to set back on the decision for the wall along the Mexican border. Lake County we have a decision to make- become a Sanctuary County.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

YWCA Lake County partners with Northern Suburban Legal Aid Clinic for education of rights and legal services. In addition, we offer GED and ESL classes at no cost. We stand with Immigrants. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

Lastly, let us continue to provide knowledge, resources, and services. YWCA Lake County will continue to advocate for undocumented immigrants.

In Solidarity,  

Mercedes Garcia



1.      https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States

2.      https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-illinois-immigrants-met-20170102-story.html

3.      https://www.justia.com/lawyers/immigration-law/illinois/lake-county/legal-aid-and-pro-bono-services

4.       https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/03/04/sanctuary-cities-are-getting-their-grants-despite-threats/

5.       https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/11/politics/immigrant-detainees-sanctuary-cities/index.html


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