I missed the match but I was informed by many of what transpired. Apparently Ramirez entered the ring wearing a variation of the mask of El Diablo. The mask is red and accentuates the eyes by surrounding them with white hot flames. The mask’s color combination is widely used by various wrestlers that need to inspire fear in their opponents when they hold a track record that indicates weakness.
Maria Marroquin asked that I not use her last name when I interviewed her in June. She was 23 and here illegally, one of thousands of immigrants brought to America as kids, then left in limbo. After graduating from Cheltenham High School, she had to attend Montgomery County Community College as an international student at three times the tuition. Her two-year degree took her five years to afford. But she finished with a 3.98 grade-point average.
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.
Thanks to the shameful failure of Congress to pass the DREAM Act last year, an estimated 60,000 students in U.S. high schools and colleges lost their chance to come out of the shadows and regularize their immigration status. The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act would provide conditional permanent residency to some deportable alien students who graduate from U.S. high schools, are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment.
Durham far exceeds the national average in the percentage of people deported who haven't been convicted of a crime, according to figures from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. That raises questions about whether the controversial Secure Communities program is accomplishing its stated goal of focusing on high-level dangerous criminals, according to the N.C. Justice Center, a Raleigh-based advocacy group. Secure Communities is a national immigration program that tries to identify and remove criminal noncitizens from the United States.