Friday, December 11, 2009

More on Rigoberto and Social Activism by DREAMers



Illegal Immigrant Students Publicly Take Up a Cause

by Julia Preston
New York Times
Published: December 10, 2009

...Mr. Padilla’s case had seemed straightforward to immigration agents who detained him for deportation in January after he was arrested by the Chicago police for running a stop sign and charged with driving under the influence.

But since then, students held two street rallies on his behalf and sent thousands of e-mail messages and faxes to Congress. The Chicago City Council passed a resolution calling for a stay of his deportation and five members of Congress from Illinois came out in support of his cause. One of them was Representative Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat, who offered a private bill to cancel his removal...link

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