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It’s been 155 hours since Uriel decided to stop eating as he sits in Wake County jail with an ICE detainer. The national immigration office has stated it will not drop the hold on Uriel. But, Uriel is not alone. His friends are joining him and have decided to give up food until Uriel is out of the claws of the immigration enforcement machine. Last Wednesday, in an act of courage to come out of the shadows, Uriel and the rest of the #Raleigh3 stood up against anti-immigrant legislators spewing language of hate and discussing what anti-immigrant bill to pass next. As undocumented youth, one would assume we’d be terrified and staying in the shadows, without a single spark of hope. But you see, this is not the case. Following Wednesday’s act of courage inside the NC legislature by our brave #Raleigh3, undocumented youth have decided to come out about their status. Realizing that remaining in the shadows is no longer acceptable as our undocumented community continues to be criminalized and marginalized, undocumented youth are redefining our value as human beings and it will no longer be determined by a social security number. Uriel, who still remains detained at Wake County jail, is proof of this. He isn’t sitting back and mourning his detention. He is remaining strong and has given up food inside the jail to send out a message that, although detained, he will continue to take a stand. Outside or inside detention, we will organize and we will fight back.

Cristina Alberto, Uriel’s sister

Uriel’s older sister, Cristina, has also refused to eat until she sees her brother released: “My brother helped me go to school, without him I wouldn’t have been able to make the decision to go to college.”

El Cambio member Eric Martinez has also refused to eat until Uriel is released.

Continue calling Washington DC ICE at (202) 732-3000 on behalf of Uriel. When you call, say this:

“Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE drop the hold on Uriel Alberto (A#089-828-718). According to president Obama, he should not be facing deportation because he is Dream Act eligible. He is the father of a US citizen child and sole caretaker of his sisters. He stood up for his community and should be back home with his family. Please drop the ICE hold immediately. Thank you.”

If you haven’t yet, SIGN the online petition and ask your friends to sign it as well.

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