Six undocumented youth appeared in Chicago's Circuit Court yesterday to face charges of mob action and obstruction of traffic. The charges were filed by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. They are the first-ever undocumented immigrants in Illinois to be put on trial for protesting immigration policy.
The youth, who are admiringly referred to as the Chicago Six, were arrested for sitting in the street August 17 outside a hearing on the U.S. government's Secure Communities program.
Secure Communities is an American deportation initiative run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is carried out by close networking among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and has come under fire for tearing apart the social fabric of communities and running roughshod over civil liberties.
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