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Cell: (910) 584-3318 or (919) 559-4232


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Cell: (910) 584-3257


Viridiana Martinez

NC Dream Team

Cell: (919) 704-0599


Benson Community Caravan to Charlotte Calling for the Release of Pastor Jose Armando Siliezar

Caravan leaving Benson will be escorted by Benson Police Department, Rally and vigil will be held in the evening outside of Mecklenburg County Jail

Benson, NC – Pastor Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla (Inmate #438743), leader of the Ministerio Internacional El Verbo en Accion, and father of a 15-year-old U.S. citizen is detained at Mecklenburg County Jail. After nearly a month of not having heard from him, his family recently found out through a third party that he had a toe amputated while in custody due to his diabetes. The Benson community, his church, and family are calling for the release of Pastor Jose Armando as further detention puts his health at risk.


On June 3rd, 2014 immigration officers knocked on his door at 6 in the morning and handcuffed him in the presence of his family, including his US citizen son Josmar who is depressed since his father was taken into custody. ICE says Pastor Jose Armando lied about his criminal background in an application to adjust his immigration status. But Pastor Jose Armando’s only crime was accepting guidance from the attorney who advised him not to provide information on his criminal background.


A caravan of Pastor Jose Armando’s church, family, and supporters will be traveling to Charlotte for a rally and vigil outside of Mecklenburg County Jail where he is held.


What: Rally and Vigil


Where: Mecklenburg County Jail


Address: 801 E. 4th St., Charlotte, NC 28202


Time: 6 pm


When: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


Who: Ministerio Internacional el Verbo en Accion (Pastor Jose Armando’s Congregation) will be joined by at least eight other congregations from across North Carolina.

We invite members of the press to join us and interview Pastor Jose Armando’s family.


Pastor Jose Armando first came to the United States in 1989 looking for a better life and settled in California. There he worked as a construction worker but the money wasn’t enough to pay the bills. Desperate to make ends meet, he became involved in drug dealing. In 1993, he was charged and convicted of drug possession and served time for two and a half years. After completion of his time in state prison, he was deported to Mexico despite being a Honduran National. That same year, Jose Armando returned to the United States with his mind set on a better life based on the word of God. For the past 17 years, Pastor Jose Armando has been a religious mentor and beloved community leader in Benson, North Carolina.

For more information on Pastor Jose Armando’s case, visit the online petition at



The NC DREAM Team is the first undocumented youth led group in North Carolina. We are undocumented and unafraid.



ICE and the Office of the US Attorney are fully aware of Pastor Jose Armando’s medical condition. The open wound on his foot got infected in detention and it did not heal. For nearly a month his family new nothing of him until they recently found out one of his toes was amputated. He is not a threat to the public. On the contrary, his church and community need him home as he is both a beloved religious and community leader. Why is he still detained?



After you sign and share the online petition calling for his release, make sure you call the US attorney’s office. Tell them to release Pastor Jose Armando immediately!

Call US Attorney Eric Holder’s Office – Raleigh @ (919) 856-4530

Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605

Sample Script: 
“Hi, I’m calling for the release of Pastor Jose Armando (Inmate # 438743) from Mecklenburg County Jail. Pastor Jose Armando’s toe was amputated while in custody. He needs treatment not detention! Why is he still detained??


Earlier today we submitted a complaint to ICE regarding the bullying and intimidation NC Dreamer Felipe Mendoza (A# 206-252-347) is suffering while detained at Otay Detention Facility. Read below for the full statement: 

To Whom It May Concern:
The NC Dream Team has been in contact with the family of Felipe de Jesus Molina Mendoza (A# 206-252-347), who is, presently, detained at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego, California. Felipe is awaiting a response regarding his request for asylum. 
Felipe is, currently, suffering bullying and harassment by detention center staff. His family in Durham, North Carolina is very concerned for his physical and mental well-being. We are filing this complaint regarding the treatment Felipe is receiving in detention, which goes against Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention guidelines. 
Felipe suffered intimidation and bullying from detention center staff on Friday, April 4th, 2014 when he was called outside of his cell. Officer Perry, Manager of Unit BG at the Otay Detention Facility called Felipe, in addition to two other detainees, out of their rooms and asked if they were gay. When Felipe and the others said yes, Officer Perry went on to insult them. Officer Perry yelled that the detainees were touching each other based on accusations by Officer M. Carini. Felipe denied the allegations and asked for proof. (The detention facility is equipped with surveillance cameras that can reveal what transpired.) Officer Perry, however, got louder, told Felipe to shut up and stop talking and threatened to put him and the other detainees in solitary confinement. Since that day, Felipe is afraid and anxious of being sent to isolation for being gay, the very reason he is requesting asylum in the first place. 
ICE has full knowledge of Felipe’s sexual orientation and the bullying, intimidation and harassment he has experienced in Mexico and is seeking refuge from. Testimony of this has, already, been provided in his credible fear interviews. To continue with his detention at this time without addressing the treatment he has received by staff at the Otay Detention Facility is a serious violation of human rights.
ICE has yet to issue a response. In the meantime, Felipe fears being sent to solitary confinement or another form of retaliation. This is a call to any and all organizations in North Carolina who stand for the rights of those who identify as LGBT. Felipe needs your help. You can call his sister Evelynth at (919) 884-5316 or email her at The family is currently seeking statements of support from various organizations as well as the support of their congressman, GK Butterfield. To date, Congressman Butterfield has also failed to support Felipe’s plight back home to Durham, North Carolina. Read more details about Felipe’s story and sign the petition online at



Mientras se preparan los legisladores estatales para considerar nuevamente una propuesta que otorgue permisos de conducir a los inmigrantes indocumentados, Oscar de Greensboro esta programado a ser deportado este 8 de Abril, 2014. Oscar fue detenido el año pasado despues de un accidente donde la policia le pidio por su licencia y por no tenerla fue arrestado y puesto en procedimientos de deportacion.

Oscar y su familia se reuniran con amigos y otros miembros de la comunidad este Domingo, 6 de Abril a las 12 del dia. Oscar y su familia le pediran publicamente al ICE que pare su deportacion. La familia aprovechara la ocasion para hacerle un llamado al gobierno estatal para que otorgue permisos de manejo para los indocumentados de Carolina del Norte.

La vigilia matutina se llevara acabo a las 12 del medio dia este Domingo, 6 de Abril en la iglesia United Methodist en la direccion 3015 E. Bessemer Avenue en Greensboro, NC. Hoy por Oscar, mañana por ti. Te esperamos!

NC DPS: Study Regarding Immigration Measures

“Several industries in North Carolina reported a dependence on immigrant labor..” 

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Contact: Viridiana Martinez

Cell: (919) 704-0599


Father of Eastway and Northern students scheduled for deportation on Tuesday night

Supporters will meet at 7pm at El Centro Hispano in Durham, NC

Durham, NC – On January 27th, 2014, supporters and community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Hugo Leonel Perez Ramirez (A# 077-665-965) who is set to be deported this Tuesday night, January 28th. If deported, Hugo Leonel will be separated from his wife, who is recovering from arm surgery and has diabetes, and youngest son, Rhodinson, who is a U.S. citizen.

On December 23, 2013 in the morning, ICE raided the home of Hugo Leonel and his family at 5am while they were sleeping. Without a knock at the door, ICE entered Hugo Leonel’s home, walked up the stairs, handcuffed and dragged him out. Hugo’s older sons cried and pleaded for ICE agents to take them instead of their father, but their cries were ignored. Their father was ripped away from them and their family was torn apart that morning. Hugo Leonel is, currently, being held in Stewart Detention Center and faces imminent deportation.

Hugo Leonel came to North Carolina from Guatemala in 2006 in search of a better life. His first attempt to reunite with his family was in 2000 but he was caught at the border and deported. According to the 2011 Morton Memo, he is a low-priority case and based on Acting ICE Director John Sandweg’s recent memo, Hugo Leonel’s deportation should be stopped immediately as he is the only breadwinner for his children and wife, Edilma.

WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014

TIME: 7pm

WHERE: El Centro Hispano, 600 E Main St, Durham, NC

WHO: NC Dream Team and El Centro Hispano

For more information, visit the online petition at:


The North Carolina Dream Team is the first independent undocumented youth-led organization in the Carolinas.


Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Contact: Monserrat Mata

C: (919) 492-1334


Local businessman is being deported!

Supporters will meet at 2pm at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, SC

Greenville, SC – On September 6th, 2013, immigrant youth and community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Carlos Angel Garcia (A# 205-205-247), who is set to be deported on October 7th. If deported, Carlos will be separated from his family and youngest son Omar, who suffers from a chronic lung condition called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and developmental delay.

Carlos came to South Carolina from Mexico in 1999 and has lived here ever since. One night on his way back home from work, he drove into a driver license checkpoint and was arrested when he was asked for a license and he could not provide it. Carlos cannot get a driver’s license because South Carolina does not issue them to undocumented immigrants. According to the 2011 Morton Memo, he is a low-priority case and based on Acting ICE Director John Sandweg’s recent memo, Carlos’ deportation should be stopped immediately as he is the primary breadwinner for his 3 U.S. citizen children and his wife, Elizabeth.

WHEN: Friday, September 6th, 2013


WHERE: 2252 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, NC 29681

WHO: Organized by The North Carolina Dream Team as part of the Secure Your Own Community project, where immigrant families fight to stop deportations.



The North Carolina Dream Team is the first undocumented youth – led organization in the Carolinas.

We have 4  cases we are hoping you can help us out with,  Please take a minute to sign the petition and to make a phone call.

Resampled952013-07-019508-35-0095507Fidela Medel Lopez’ (A# 200-970-777) order for Voluntary Departure. She has been living in the US for over 14 years. Fidela is a single mother of 5 children, one of whom suffers from severe autism and a speech impediment.

Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605
Call DC ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

2013062395221408_300x400Juan Jose Ernesto Oliva (A# 205-215-502) currently detained at York County Detention Center in South Carolina. Juan Jose has a wife and a U.S. citizen daughter who need him. Seeking refuge and protection, Juan Jose came to the United States. He has lived in North Carolina for almost 10 years and has built a life here. Returning to El Salvador is not an option for Juan Jose as it would mean separation from his family and even death.

Call York County Detention Center @ (803) 628-2924
Call DC ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

holmanacosta_400x320Holman Acosta (A# 098-894-580) from North Georgia Detention Center and urge you to stop his deportation. In the early afternoon of June 30th, 2013, Holman was stopped at a check point while driving his stepson home from a soccer game. He was arrested when he was found driving without a license. Holman was turned over to ICE officials on August 2, 2013 and transferred to North Georgia Detention Center where he faces imminent deportation. Holman has no criminal record. is the head of household and his US citizen wife, who suffers from depression and diabetes, needs him home to care for their 3 US citizen children. Don’t force these kids to grow up without their father. Release Holman now!”

Call Atlanta ICE @ (404) 893-1210
Call DC ICE @ (202) 732-3000 or (202) 732-3100

Zarcos_400x287Jose Luis Zarco’s (A# 200 972 096) deportation be stopped immediately and his request for prosecutorial discretion granted. Luis is the sole bread winner for his family which includes 3 US citizen children. Luis has lived in the US for 15 years and is an outstanding member of the Charlotte community. Please keep him home!

Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605
Call DC ICE @ (202) 732-3000 or (202) 732-3100


Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605

Call DC ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask ICE to stop Fidela Medel Lopez’ (A 200-970-777) deportation. She is the mother of 5 children, two of which are US citizens and one of those, Erick, is a special needs child who suffers from severe autism. Fidela is low priority for deportation and Erick needs a stable home alongside his mother. Deporting Fidela threatens Erick’s health and puts him directly in harm’s way. Stop Fidela’s deportation now!”




Contact: Viridiana Martinez        

Cell phone: 919/704-0599




Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Again Moves NC Forward


Raleigh, NC – Since the announcement in favor of the RECLAIM NC Act in April of this year, the North Carolina Dream Team has been working to inform the undocumented community of the opportunity HB786 gives to allow them to legally drive again. House Bill 786 would give licenses back to undocumented immigrants in our state. Therefore, this bill represents a step in the right direction.

Despite the controversial provisions of the bill, the issuance of driver licenses again represents protection from detention and deportation for undocumented immigrants which is for many their biggest fear. This year alone, we have fought alongside 8 immigrant families who faced separation due to deportation proceedings started for driving without a license.

Furthermore, allowing undocumented immigrants to drive again is good for families, for safety, and it’s good for business.

 Online Petition:


The North Carolina DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies who are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize their individual and collective power to activate their communities.

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