February 29, 2012

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Three Undocumented Youth Arrested Confronting Anti-Immigrant Committee in Legislature

Undocumented Youth Face Anti-Immigrant Committee in NC Legislature

RALEIGH–Uriel Alberto, Estephania Mijangos and Cynthia Martinez have been arrested after challenging the Select Committee on the State’s Role in Immigration Policy. They publicly declared themselves undocumented in the overwhelmingly anti-immigrant leaning committee hearing.

Video recording here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20781670

“My name is Cynthia Martinez and I’m one of those criminals you’re talking about,” one of the participants declared. Martinez is from Sanford, NC who excelled through high school and recieved scholarships to various universities. She was unable to complete her education due to the barriers, both legal and financial, placed before undocumented students.

Another shouted: “My name is Uriel Alberto; I am undocumented, unafraid, and unashamed! I refuse to be bullied and intimidated by this committee and choose to empower my community.”

Anti-immigrant organizations that were present were heard shouting “go home” and “get the fuck out” as the young people were escorted out.

This action is building up to “National Coming Out of the Shadows Week” next month, which will take place during the week of March 10. Undocumented students in NC and across the country will take action against bigotry and injustice. More immigrants will be asked to join the movement by declaring their status publicly. The week’s events are coordinated by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.