In November of last year, we lost Joaquin Luna, an 18-year-old undocumented youth from Texas. Joaquin, like many other undocumented youth in the United States, thought that he had no future. He saw no help available or anyone he could relate to since he had dreams on going to college and becoming an engineer. Many of us still mourn his departure.
Today, however, we have youth like 22-year-old Yanelli Hernandez from Ohio. Yanelli, just like Joaquin, realized that there wasn’t any help or future dealing with the reality of being undocumented. She came here all by herself when she was just 13. She never had the opportunity to go to school because, at the age of 15, she began working at a factory in order to help put food on her family’s table. Yanelli has been battling with depression to the point that she has already attempted suicide not once, but twice. She has been incarcerated for the past 9 months in Butler County jail. While detained, Yanelli has started taking classes and is hoping to start on her GED soon. She dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian.
Yanelli, Dream Act eligible-youth is set to be deported on Tuesday, January 31st.
Please, sign the petition here: http://action.dreamactivist.org/yanelli
TODAY, is National UndocuHealth Day.
The NC Dream Team will hold a solidarity vigil to call for a stop at Yanelli’s deportation and bring local immigrant youth together to raise awareness about the mental anguish and undocumented reality they face.
Where: YWCA of the Greater Triangle (Eliminating Racism Empowering Women), 554 E. Hargett Street
Time: 6:30pm until 7:30pm
When: Monday, January 30th—TODAY!!