The South Beach community gathers two months after the killing of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. (Credit: Reuters)
1. At the Border, Dream 30 Hand Their Fate to ICE
With a record 2 million deportations under its belt, the Obama administration shows no intention of stopping. In response to the numerous families who continue to be broken by deportations, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance launched its #BringThemHome campaign. In ongoing waves, DREAMers, and now undocumented parents and families, have been presenting themselves at a US port of entry asking for permission to return “home.” In July, the #Dream9 entered through Nogales, Arizona, and were detained for seventeen days before being released to their families. On September 30, the #Dream30, representing twelve states, presented themselves at the Laredo, Texas, point of entry and were detained and sent to El Paso Processing center. Who are these people? Each had a different story of how they had gotten to this point, but they all shared a dream—a desperation—to come home. They were gay, straight, jocks, nerds, junior ROTC, evangelical, Catholic, atheist—all raised in the US, all undocumented, brought here as young children by their parents, and all unafraid. So far, nine have been paroled and sent home; communities across the country are mobilizing for the rest to join them.
—National Immigrant Youth Alliance
2. On Capitol Hill, Undocumented Youth Get Arrested for Citizenship
On October 8, along with more than 200 people, including members of Congress, I participated in civil disobedience in front of the US Capitol. We were detained and arrested, demanding that Congress act now on immigration reform. I was arrested along with my colleagues from United 4 a Dream, a United We Dream affiliate based in North Carolina fighting for equal access to higher education, civil liberties, jobs and opportunities. I’ve always held myself back, and this was the first time I felt that no one was controlling me. Since I have a final order for my removal, my mother was worried that I’d be arrested and deported back to El Salvador. But I told my mother that I did it for her. I did it for my friends and for everyone else who understands the importance of passing immigration reform this year, one that grants permanent protections for our families and that honors the dignity of our community.