"Know Your Rights" Video Release from Estudiantes Sin Fronteras

Estudiantes Sin Fronteras, (Students Without Borders), a Schurz student organization, recently released an updated version of their "Know Your Rights" video to educate immigrants and community members on how to exercise their rights when confronted with a variety of immigration-enforcement scenarios.

After spending the last few months researching, writing and producing their video, which is an updated version of a video they created last school year, the students presented it to Schurz staff at at an all-school meeting on Thursday, March 16th, 2017. The group went on to present the video at a Local School Council (LSC) meeting at Gray Elementary School later that evening for an audience of 50 teachers and community members, including 45th Ward Alderman John Arena. Four students also discussed their experiences with Estudiantes Sin Frontera at Schurz High School. The video is now being made available on Youtube and through various social media outlets; community members are encouraged  to share widely.


Raul Islas, teacher-sponsor of Estudiantes Sin Fronteras, explained that the video is intended for teachers, students, parents, and community members and features "student-reenacted scenarios of how to exercise your rights if or when approached by [immigration authorities]."

Jennifer Velázquez, Youth Organizer from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), co-sponsors the group and said that this school year, and especially since the election, the students have been discussing "the need to educate and bring together the Schurz community in a time as scary as this one."


Schurz principal Dr. Anthony Rodriguez added, "'The Know Your Rights' video featuring student leaders of Carl Schurz High School highlights our commitment to being a sanctuary school for all people. With the help of our community partners, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), this video will empower our students and their families to make informed decisions when dealing with the policies of immigration. Together we can protect and defend our students, our school, and our community."

Last month Schurz High School, along with other Logan Square schools, was declared a 'Sanctuary Zone' thanks to the efforts of LSNA, interim principal Kathleen Valente, and school and community members. Chicago Public Schools has also resolved to continue to "embrace and celebrate all members of our diverse school community" as a "Welcoming District" and has provided resources on its website from the National Immigrant Justice Center providing tips for families who may be confronted by immigration agencies as well as guidance for creating safety plans. CPS assured families that schools "will not permit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to access CPS facilities or use CPS personnel to assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law."

The videos are posted on Youtube and the links can be found here:

Know Your Rights | Estudiantes Sin Fronteras

Conozca Sus Derechos | Estudiantes Sin Fronteras