South Carolina has become the fifth and latest state poised to enact a draconian anti-immigration law, after Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed SB 20 last week.
"But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living in a different kind of reality."
Critics say the new law is worse than Arizona's SB 1070.
By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona's first anti-immigrant law is legal.
Hundreds commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
The measure will not impose any cost on Illinois taxpayers and could benefit as many as 95,000 immigrant youth.
The Illinois version does not include a path to citizenship, but its seen as a move to counter some of the anti-immigrant measures being proposed nationwide.
Classes at the school were on the "political time of day," capitalism, the labor movement, racism and immigration and LGBT rights.
Four years ago, the legislature passed a similar bill but lacked enough votes to override Republican Gov. Jodi Rell's veto.
The GOP in Congress is pushing new laws that would force employers to check the immigration status of new hires.