March 2, 2012

Contact: Viridiana Martinez (919) 704-0599
Alicia Torres: (512) 659-1829

Press Conference Today at 230PM With Undocumented Protesters for Release of Uriel
Two Undocumented Protester Released; Third May Be Deported

RALEIGH–Members of the NC DREAM Team and El Cambio are demanding that Uriel Alberto, 24, of Winston-Salem, be released immediately after a Wednesday protest at the legislature. Alberto is the father of a U.S. Citizen and a responsible student. The conference will be at 330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601 at 230PM.

Alberto is a member of El Cambio in Winston-Salem. He came to Raleigh to protest the Select Committee on the State’s Role in Immigration Policy. This committee, with its plans to expand police power in the state, intends to tear him from his son, his sister whom he supports through school, and his education. Alberto has completed three semesters at Lees-McRae College.

After high school, Alberto received a Division I track scholarship to Eastern Carolina University, but was unable to accept it because he was undocumented. Life was difficult, but he pressed forward with his education at Lees-McRae and also had a son. Although he received assault and trespass charges, they were later dismissed. They were associated with visiting his son, whom he sends $400 a month without a court order.

Alberto cannot be deported; deporting him would affect innocent others who depend on him. He is a young man who deserves a chance to pursue his education and raise his son.

WHERE: 330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
WHO: NC DREAM Team, El Cambio, supporters
Visuals: “undocumented & unafraid” shirts, jail

Video recording of committee meeting here