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  • Students, Sandoval want ugly “alien” label out of state law booksCHICAGO – Calling the term “illegal alien” a bigoted label from a bygone era, local high school students and state Senator Martin Sandoval are pushing legislation to replace “alien” with “undocumented immigrant” in Illinois law books.

    “The word ‘alien’ is really offensive. It's not just rude but it dehumanizes undocumented people, and that's not right," said Uriel Hernandez a ninth grader at Solorio Academy High School.

    "All workers, documented or undocumented, pay taxes and do their fair share, so there is no such thing as an "Illegal" person," added fellow ninth grader Delila Lopez.

  • SandovalAwardIllinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) was recently recognized by Mexico’s Congress for his work on policies that improve the quality of life of Mexican nationals in the United States.

    Sandoval received the Immigrant Solidarity award from the president of the National Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City in December.

    The award acknowledges people who contribute to the betterment of Mexican nationals abroad. Among those who have received this honor is former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

  • sandoval mexico awardState Senator Martin Sandoval received the” Solidarity Immigrant Award” from the leader of Mexico’s National Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Jesús Zambrano Grijalva, on December 15, 2015. Sandoval was distinguished for his lifetime commitment in favor of the Mexican diaspora in the United States.

    “I’m humbled for receiving this award in the name of my colleagues of the Illinois Senate whom had fought with me to provide the conditions for Mexican nationals to become productive individuals that greatly contribute to both, Mexico and the United States,” said Sandoval.

    “The Solidarity Immigrant Award” is granted to individuals whose work has a significant impact in the quality of life of millions of Mexican nationals living in the United States. Among previous recipients of this award was Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.