Undocumented youth in Georgia arrested for DREAMing
Yesterday, undocumented youth in Georgia amped up the action by committing an act of civil disobedience, risking deportation. The arrests of Georgina Perez, Viridiana Martinez, Jose Rico, Dayanna Rebolledo, Andrea Rosales, David Ramirez and Maria Marroquin near Georgia State University, were preceded by the state’s first “coming out” event, where the young people first publicly declared their undocumented status. The young people also delivered
a letter to the Georgia State University President asking him to not comply with the recent Georgia Board of Regents ban of undocumented youth from the top 5 public universities.
With no DREAM Act currently in play in the U.S. Congress (although that may change soon), DREAMers across the country have been working locally to make sure that all young people have access to education regardless of their immigration status.
CNN has the following video of the protest and arrests.
The Immigrant Youth Justice League is reporting that a spokesperson for “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said he was looking into whether the undocumented activists who were arrested Tuesday will face deportation.
Additionally, the seven students arrested will appear before court in Atlanta, Georgia at 3:00 PM EST. Bond is set at $1,800 for each (donate here and here). Family and supporters in Chicago have announced a press conference to take place at 2:30 PM CST, to update on student’s situation.