Tuesday, September 7, 2010

DREAM 21 Go to Court in Washington D.C.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Dream is Coming

Contact: Juan Escalante (407) 602-8675


Dream Act 21 in Washington D.C. for first court appearance

Undocumented students arrested in Capitol Hill are back to appear before court and continue advocating for passage of the DREAM Act as stand alone this year.

What: Press conference with youth who were arrested during DREAM Act civil disobedience on Tuesday, July 20th, who are back in Washington D.C. to appear before criminal court. They are facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful entry for their respective actions. Four of the students, who sat-in at Senator Reid (D-NV) have already appeared before court, and have their first status hearing set for August 20th. Jose Torres, 22 year-old student from Texas, and Nicolas Gonzalez, 23 year-old from Illinois were ordered to remain away from Capitol Hill for the duration of the trial, an area approximately 20 blocks in diameter.

Twelve other other youth who were arrested in the atrium of the Hart senate building will be appearing in front of the judge on Thursday August 12th, at 9:00 am prior to the press conference. Four more who sat-in at Senator McCain’s office have a court date on August 20th. After their court dates they will be going back to their respective states to continue urging legislators to pass the DREAM Act as a stand alone bill this year.

Although ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has not contacted these youth or pursued their cases, there also no guarantee that this will not change in the future. The court date comes on the heels of the deferred action of Marlen Moreno, 24, an immigrant youth from Arizona who was set to leave the US August 8th, and the launch of a campaign to stop the deportation of Ivan Nikolov, 22.

When:Thursday August 12, 2010 at 12 pm

Where: Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana NW, Washington DC.

Who: Lulu Martinez, Nicolas Gonzalez, Uriel Sanchez, Tania Unzueta, David Morales, Edy Dominguez, Ireri Unzueta and Jesus Morales from the Immigrant Youth Justice League in Chicago, Mohammad Abdolahi and Jose Franco from One Michigan, Diana Martinez and Ricardo Quinones from Kansas-Missouri DREAM Alliance, and Jose Torres from Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle in Texas.
link to http://www.thedreamiscoming.com/2010/08/12/dream-21-go-to-court-in-washington-d-c/

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