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****For Immediate Release****

As DREAM Act Approaches, Detentions Hit Home

Talented, local student ripped away from family as holidays, DREAM Act vote approach

GREENSBORO, NC – Twenty two years ago, a family fled political persecution and threats of violence in their native Guatemala, arriving in the US with their two year old son, hoping to find asylum. After 12 years, their petition for asylum was denied. Ten years later, their son Fredd, now 24 years old, was pulled from his sleep by ICE on the day of his exams at Guilford Technical Community College and placed into removal proceedings.

Fredd Reyes is the most recent in a long summer of DREAM Act-eligible youth facing deportation in the face of pending legislation. Fredd is an accomplished actor, singer, and student. He graduated from Davidson Community College with an associates degree and was continuing his education by studying to be a dental hygienist at Guilford Tech. That is, until ICE interrupted his studies. He is also a talented actor, having performed in many plays and short films, and a singer with an amazing voice. Aside from his videos on YouTube, Fredd had also auditioned for the television program Glee and sings with his mother and sister every Sunday at Our Lady of Grace’s Spanish mass.

Fredd is an impressive young man whose future has been put on hold by a broken immigration system that seeks to remove him from the place he has called home for more than 90% of his life. He is well loved by his friends and community. He is an asset to his community, to North Carolina, and to the United States- to which his friends, family, and co-workers will attest.

The NC DREAM Team is convening a press conference to highlight Fredd’s case through the words of those affected by his detainment. There will also be information shared about the status of the DREAM Act, its importance to North Carolina, and other DREAM Act eligible youth currently detained as a vote on the DREAM Act draws near.

This press conference will take place today, November 24th, 2010 from 3pm to 4pm at the Greensboro Cultural Center (200 N Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401).


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About the DREAM Act:

The DREAM Act, first introduced in 2001 by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), would provide a one-time, earned path to permanent residency for undocumented youth who arrived in the US before the age of 16; have maintained continuous presence in the US for the 5 years immediately preceding the passage of the DREAM Act; posses good moral character; have graduated from a US high school; and serve two years either in the uniformed forces or towards the completion of a bachelors degree or higher.