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Video: Courage in Little Village

By Jiayan Jenny Shi

Elizeth Arguelles, 21, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, participated in the Señorita México Illinois (Miss Mexico Illinois) beauty pageant March 4 to win a scholarship for her transition to a four-year university.

Although Arguelles didn’t win the crown and the scholarship, she got the Miss Sympathy award. After the pageant, Arguelles went back to her normal life in Little Village, a community that has the largest undocumented population in Chicago.

Photo at top: Elizeth Arguelles competes for Señorita México Illinois (Miss Mexico Illinois) March 4 in Cicero. (Jiayan Jenny Shi/MEDILL)

Video: Quest for LGBTI respect in South Africa

By Jiayan Jenny Shi

Matshidiso Mofokeng is a lesbian feminist and soccer player in South Africa. Living in a patriarchal society, Mofokeng has experienced discrimination because of her sexuality. Now she is a member of Chosen FEW, a lesbian soccer team that works in sports to end homophobia and other forms of discrimination.

Photo at top: Mofokeng practices soccer Feb. 10  in the backyard where she meets lesbian friends in Vosloorus. (Jiayan Jenny Shi/MEDILL)

Domestic workers filled with fear over Trump’s threat of deportation

By Jiayan (Jenny) Shi

O’lola Ann Olib, a Philippine caregiver in Chicago, says she was excited about the Illinois domestic workers’ rights bill; however, she expresses a sense of uncertainty for her friends who remain undocumented as President Donald Trump continues to push his deportation agenda.

“I was happy that there’s domestic rights, very excited. …. We have rights now, then my [undocumented] co-workers said, ‘Where will we go after this? We have no document to show. …’ ” said Olib, 66, who received documented status in 2012. “There’s nothing in place like implementation orders.”

Olib is among the thousands of immigrant workers who are concerned about the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which went into effect Jan. 1. Since Trump assumed office, he has taken steps to fulfill his campaign promise of deporting those immigrants who are illegally in the United States. On Wednesday, Trump delayed signing his revised travel ban in the wake of the positive reaction to his Tuesday address to Congress.
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