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DREAMers Confront Border Patrol Officers in Alabama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 18:53

We were joined by many undocumented immigrants at the gates of Fort Benning this year. We stood together to challenge the unjust and racist policies of the U.S. government, to close the School of the Americas and to win justice for all. Jonathan Perez, an undocumented youth from California was scheduled to speak on the Saturday plenary at the Columbus Convention Center but he could not, because he incarcerated. On November 10, Jonathan Perez and Isaac Barrera, two undocumented immigrants from California, entered a Border Patrol office in Mobile, Alabama and told agents they were undocumented. Theirs was a strategic move organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and DreamActivist.org to prove that away from the media spotlight and contrary to its public line on its deportation policies, the Obama administration is still intent on deporting the very people it claims not to have any interest in removing from the country, including young people with no criminal convictions who’d be eligible for the DREAM Act.

Watch this video, released over the weekend, as Perez confronts Border Patrol officers, and courageously announces his status, but not before telling them how disgusted he is with Obama’s deportation agenda.

“We’re exercising our power and showing that we can do something about this,” Perez told Colorlines last week. “We can challenge the system, and when we do, the system falls apart and the contradictions begin to show.”

Update from Thursday, Nov. 24: Isaac and Jonathan were released this morning!

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