Young, educated, talented, ready to work.
That's how you could describe Alaa Mukahhal, our guest on last Friday's Friday's Barber Shop Show. Here's one more: undocumented.
Mukahhal has been part of the fight to pass the Dream Act, legislation that would allow young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay here and find a path to citizenship.
She talked with us about President Obama's announcement that young undocumented immigrants who meet certain conditions will no longer be deported. That's good news for Mukahhal, who is currently facing deportation.
She told us of her own struggles to find work, even though she has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
If you've never heard the Barber Shop Show, it's a weekly radio program on Vocalo 89.5 FM, brought to you live from the floor of an actual barber shop--Carter's Barber Shop in North Lawndale. Each week, we bring you real talk on the issues that face our city. Take a look at a few pictures of last week's show:
Missed the show? You can always hear a rebroadcast on Saturdays from 12 to 1 p.m. or catch the podcast, up every week on Tuesday at vocalo.org.
Do you have an idea for a show or want to be a guest on the Barber Shop? We're always looking for suggestions that get the community talking.
Photo credit: William Camargo