As if on cue, just as undocumented queer youth and activists in Chicago were wrapping up an event in the Chicago History Museum on April 24, a federal judge ruled that protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) recipients were to remain in place. The decision marked a major blow to the Trump administration's efforts to rescind the DACA program, and means the federal government must accept, for the first time since the rescission was announced in September, new applications from DACA-eligible youth. The news hadn't yet broke during the "Undocumented and Queer" event, where young adults shared their stories of how they were brought to the United States as children and later came out as LGBTQ and undocumented. Among them was Antonio Gutierrez, an immigrant-rights activist and organizer who was brought to Chicago at 11 from Guadalajara, Mexico, to be with his father.
May 2 / Windy City Times