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Riverside HS Graduate Seeks Humanitarian Parole

Former Durham Resident Fears He Will be Victim of Violence

Durham, NC – Felipe de Jesus Molina Mendoza, a 2009 graduate of Riverside High School, will be formally requesting humanitarian parole at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California at Noon, today.

Felipe de Jesus moved to Durham at the age of eight to join his mother who wanted to give him the chance to grow, find a career and become someone in life.

Felipe de Jesus studied hard and graduated from Riverside High School. When it came time to apply for college, North Carolina did not recognize him as a resident. As his friends chose colleges and applied for scholarships, Felipe was overwhelmed with sadness at being left behind. His family could not afford out-of-state tuition, which was more than twice as expensive, and he did not qualify for financial aid due to his status. He gave up on his life in the United States and returned to Mexico to continue his education.

Since arriving in Mexico City, Felipe de Jesus has struggled to earn enough money to continue his education. He experiences regular verbal abuse, even from police officers, because he is gay. In addition to this abuse, he fears he could be a target of violence because of his sexual orientation. He has grown more fearful as kidnappings, robberies and killings increase in the city around him. Felipe de Jesus refuses to give up on his dreams of going to college and having a career, but he needs his family’s support to fulfill those dreams.

Felipe de Jesus is the target of violence because of his sexual orientation.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to qualify for humanitarian parole an individual must face a “compelling emergency.”

We urge Customs and Border Protection to grant Felipe de Jesus humanitarian parole immediately.

For more info: http://action.dreamactivist.org/bringthemhome/northcarolina/felipe/

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***A vigil organized by his family, friends and community supporting Felipe and more families within the #BringThemHome campaign will be held TODAY:

Where: Iglesia Hispana Emmanuel, 2504 N Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27704

When: TODAY, Thursday March 13th @ 6pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Erick Lopez

erickbiggest@gmail.com

336-516-8275

Burlington, NC Youth Seeking Asylum

Lifelong Burlington resident seeking to return home

Burlington, NC — Alamance County community will gather this Friday at Burlington City Park as Emanuel Mejia-Lopez  (A# 206-270-536) tries to return home.through the #BringThemHome campaign which seeks to reunite families He is currently being held at San Diego Correctional Facility and he is being processed by immigration authorities. Emanuel grew up in Alamance County. He graduated from Williams High School in 2007 and earned an Associate’s degree at Alamance Community College. Emanuel’s dream is to study medicine because he believes that everyone deserves access to medical care and he dreams to be able to provide that to others. After graduating from ACC, he tried to transfer to a four-year university. Unable to pay the out-of-state tuition rate, he was forced to move to Mexico, a country he barely knows since he was brought to Burlington as a child. In February of 2012, Emanuel had to abandon his home in order to pursue his dreams of becoming a doctor. He fears for his safety in Mexico, where he struggles to speak the language and has been robbed at gunpoint. Emanuel has done nothing wrong, his family needs him back home in Burlington, and North Carolina needs him!

Family, friends, and supporters of Emanuel will be holding a candlelight vigil to support him coming back to the United States from Mexico.

WHAT: Vigil to Bring Emanuel Home

WHERE: The Friendship Fountain at Burlington City Park, 1350 S. Main St., Burlington, NC

WHEN: FRIDAY, March 14th @ 6:00PM

This past Monday, March 10th, Emanuel began a journey back to his loved ones requesting humanitarian parole into the country  through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego.

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Emanuel belongs to a group of people that were deported or forced to leave the United States because of programs supported by the Obama Administration like 287g and Secure Communities. State laws denying immigrants access to a college education, jobs, and housing also make life incredibly difficult. Some grew tired of living in constant fear here. However, upon leaving their homes, they found life even more difficult. Emanuel’s future is in Alamance County. He is one of many.

More Info: http://action.dreamactivist.org/bringthemhome/northcarolina/emanuel

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Local Immigrant Families Come Together to Support Their Loved Ones Crossing the Border

#BringThemHome campaign offers hope, a chance to fight fear of deportation

 Charlotte, NC — The NC Dream Team is holding a ‘Coming Out of the Shadows’ event to support local families whose loved ones are returning to the United States from Mexico as part of the national #BringThemHome campaign.

WHAT: Vigil For Loved Ones Coming Home

WHERE: 100 E. Trade St, Charlotte, NC

WHEN: MONDAY, March 10th @ 6:00PM 

 This month, the Obama Administration will hit its two-millionth deportation. March is month undocumented youth have used for the past several years to declare themselves ‘undocumented and unafraid’. March is a special time for the movement, when many participated in ‘coming out’ rallies, speaking about their undocumented status publicly for the first time.

Families gathered last Tuesday in Durham, NC at Iglesia El Buen Pastor as family members of loved ones returning home declared themselves as ‘Undocumented & Unafraid.’ Families will gather once more in Charlotte, NC on the eve of their loved ones coming back.

NC Bring Them HomeFamilies of Loved Ones Coming Home to North Carolina

 “This year, we will use our Coming Out of the Shadows rallies to tell the movement that the fight to keep families together does not end with deportation,” says Elisa Benitez, a member of the NC Dream Team. “Our community is coming together to support the families whose loved ones are coming home.”

This will be the third time the #BringThemHome campaign has fought for immigrants who were deported or forced to leave their homes in the United States. On Monday, they will begin the long journey back to their loved ones across the country after crossing the border in San Diego.

The participants in this third border-crossing were deported or forced to leave the United States because of programs supported by the Obama Administration like 287g and Secure Communities. State laws denying immigrants access to a college education, jobs, or housing also made life incredibly difficult. Some were just tired of living in fear, and returned. However, upon leaving their homes, they found life even more difficult.

The #BringThemHome campaign is the only way these families can be reunited. We will fight until everyone whose lives were built on this side of the border have a chance to return home.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555478414676700/

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Since late October, the N.C. DREAM Team and members of the OneStateOneRate.org have organized press events, call-in days, rallies, and a march, in efforts to urge North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper to issue a favorable opinion towards granting DACA students in-state tuition. The initial request was made  by N.C. Sate Representative Marcus Brandon late las year and we’ve been waiting to hear back since then.

Yesterday afternoon, an advisory letter was sent to the Office of Rep. Brandon in Raleigh saying NO to in-state tuition for undocumented students, NO to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Students, and NO to professional licenses.

Advisory Letter:

Brandon Rep Marcus 1-22-2014

Upon hearing news of the decision, Oliva Prezas, a DACA recipient and current student at Vance-Granville Community College, remarked: “I can’t believe it. I am devastated. I need in-state tuition! I don’t want to be stuck without an education.”

Death Dream

Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper chose to follow the footsteps of other Democratic politicians by putting politics over policy when it comes to immigrant students. From former Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, who in 2010 denied undocumented students the right to enroll at community colleges, to Senator Kay Hagan, who voted against the DREAM Act, Attorney General Roy Cooper has shamelessly played petty politics instead of opening up the doors to higher education.

Undocumented students are ready to work with public officials, including people like Republican Speaker Will Weatherford of the Florida House of Representatives or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who unlike Attorney General Cooper, know “the time is always right to do what is right.”

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AG Roy Cooper Says No to In-State Tuition for DACA Students

Another Democrat Throws Immigrant Students Under the Bus

Raleigh, NC – Days after the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, Attorney General Roy Cooper has thrown immigrant students under the bus.

Yesterday, the Attorney General in an advisory letter declared: “We agree with University and Community College attorneys that North Carolina law does not provide for in-state tuition for these students.”

Upon hearing news of the decision, Oliva Prezas, a DACA recipient and current student at Vance-Granville Community College, remarked: “I can’t believe it. I am devastated. I need in-state tuition! I don’t want to be stuck without an education.”

Democrat Roy Cooper follows a line of Democratic politicians putting politics over policy when it comes to immigrant students. From former Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton who in 2010 denied undocumented students the right to enroll in community colleges to Senator Kay Hagan who voted against the DREAM Act, Attorney General Roy Cooper has shamelessly played petty politics instead of opening up the doors to higher education.

Undocumented students are ready to work with public officials, including people like Republican Speaker Will Weatherford of the Florida House of Representatives or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who know “the time is always right to do what is right.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Attorney General Cooper Continues to Remain Silent on In-State Tuition
Students and advocates will rally outside of his office on Wednesday, January 1st at 3pm.

Raleigh, NC — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students from across North Carolina urge Attorney General Roy Cooper to break his silence and offer a legal opinion as to whether they are eligible for in-state tuition.

When: Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 @ 3pm
Where: SIDEWALK of 114 W Edenton St. Raleigh

Earlier this month, State Representative Marcus Brandon submitted a formal request to the Attorney General requesting a formal opinion regarding the eligibility of DACA students to obtain in-state tuition.

It is the belief of the NC Dream Team and One State, One Rate that DACA youth, much like students with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have “capacity to qualify for in-state tuition” and as such, are eligible for in-state tuition. (Please see:http://www.northcarolina.edu/legal/residence/SRC_Memo_Re_TPS__12112012.pdf)

For many students, the spring 2014 semester begins on January 6th. As undocumented youth, we can not wait any longer. Our futures, our educations are in jeopardy.

Two weeks ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, signed landmark legislation that will allow in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Will the Attorney General follow in Governor Christie’s footsteps or not … ?

Visit the online petition at http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/instate

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Sunday, December 22nd,  2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Jose Rico

Jose.rico@thencdreamteam.org

919.802.0508

DREAMers Push for In-State-Tuition by Christmas

Undocumented Youth to Rally Outside AG Roy Cooper 

Raleigh, NC—On Tuesday of last week, Rep. Marcus Brandon formerly requested the Office of the Attorney General Roy Cooper for a legal written opinion weather Undocumented youth beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are eligible to receive in-state tuition in the State of North Carolina.

Undocumented Youth led groups like the NC Dream Team, Immigrant Youth Forum, and the One State One Rate Campaign issued a press conference last Thursday announcing the news to the community and press about the ask to AG Roy Cooper. The campaign to get the word out to the Attorney General has been escalating, with a petition, calls, and undocumented students stressing the importance to get in-state tuition rates for the upcoming semester, but it hasn’t been enough.

Undocumented Students, community supporters, teachers, and families will be gathering at the Office of the Attorney General.

When:

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 @ 11:30am

Where:

NC Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

114 W Edenton St

Raleigh, NC

“I am worried, I am frustrated, that when January comes around undocumented students will still be paying out-of state tuition. It is simply unjust. It is simply unfair. We are graduates of N.C high schools. North Carolina is our home and we should not be treated as out-of-state students. Attorney General Roy Cooper, we need in-state-tuition Now!” Said, DACA student from Creedmoor, NC

For more info please visit ncdreamteam.org and OneSateOneRate.org

FB event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/497388493709139/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

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Dear Supporters,

Do you believe that all students, including undocumented youth, deserve equal access to education? If so, pick up the phone, today, and call (919) 716-6400. Ask Attorney General Cooper to support in-state tuition for undocumented youth.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, 919-716-6400

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that Attorney General Cooper come out in support of in state tuition for undocumented students in NC. As their supporter, I refuse to watch students miss another year because they can’t afford to pay. With or without an immigration status, they’ve graduated from NC high schools. Let them learn!”

Earlier this week, State Rep. Marcus Brandon formally requested a written opinion from Attorney General Roy Cooper as to whether undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition. With the stroke of a pen, Attorney General Cooper has the power to transform the lives of thousands of Tar Heels.

On Thursday, December 19th, The North Carolina “One State, One Rate” Campaign and the NC Dream Team will be hosting press conferences at 10am in Charlotte and 4pm in Durham. Please join us.

10am

The Captain Jack Statue

Corner of E 4th St & N Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204

4pm
Durham Technical Community College

Sidewalk at 1628 E. Lawson St, Durham, NC 27703

Undocumented youth, State Rep. Marcus Brandon, educators and community members will be sharing their stories and publicly asking Attorney General Cooper to support equal access to education.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:

Viridiana Martinez

viridiana@thencdreamteam.org

NC Dreamers Push for In-State Tuition

State Rep. Marcus Brandon Requests Written Opinion from Attorney General Cooper

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina “One State, One Rate” Campaign and the NC Dream Team is pleased to announce that State Representative Marcus Brandon has formally requested a written opinion from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office as to whether undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition at institutions of higher learning in North Carolina.

For 20-year-old Lexington resident Ricsy Sanchez who has lived in North Carolina for 9 years, the struggle to gain in-state tuition has had a real impact: “Right after high school, my plan was to go straight to university. I wanted to major in biology. After I graduated from Davidson County Community College, I was accepted to UNC Chapel Hill but I was unable to attend because I was charged out-of-state tuition.”

DREAMers in North Carolina have been spearheading efforts to obtain in-state tuition for undocumented youth. Last week, the UNC Faculty Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the University of North Carolina system to grant “in-state tuition and financial aid to all people without regard to immigration status.”

** Please note that a more detailed press release will be released on Wednesday.

For more information, visit NCDreamTeam.org and OneStateOneRate.org.

Visit our online petition at http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/instate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Contact: Santiago Garcia
avsantiagova@gmail.com
Rally to Support Edgar and Eloy: Victims of Workplace Exploitation and Fraud
Expedite Adjudication of U-Visa Supplement for Forced Labor & Worker’s Compensation Fraud Victims
 
National–Edgar Rolando Vazquez-Canto (A#205-503-535) and Eloy Flores Martin del Campo (A# 205-503-445) are currently being held at the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, FL, where they have been for several months in spite of being victims of crime byWastePro USA for nearly seven years in some cases. ICE visited the criminal and immigration attorneys of these individuals, and despite the victims having cooperated with a potential investigation, testifying to the abuses and fraud that they were victims of, all are currently being detained, and false charges against them have never been dropped, much less investigated.
 
Edgar and Eloy are victims of workplace exploitation and fraud. They were forced to pay middle managers money under the constant threat of deportation. They are victims of wage theft, fraud, forced labor, constant threats of deportation, and exploitation.
 
Join members of the NC Dream Team, as we hold a rally to support Edgar and Eloy:
 
When: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 @ 1:00pm
Where: NC Department of Labor. 4 W Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Exploited workers should be able to go to the Department of Labor for protection from these abuses. WastePro USA must be stopped!
We urge the Department of Labor to take leadership and expedite the adjudication of U-Visa supplement for Edgar and Eloy for their fair chance to stop their deportations. Release the WastePro workers victims of fraud, exploitation, and forced labor before they are deported like several others before them have.
 
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The NC DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies. We are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize our individual and collective power to activate our communities. We also aim to create awareness of the broader struggle for social justice. We do not shy away from purposeful direct action and civil disobedience in the pursuit of a more just future for our immigrant community.

ncdreamteam.org

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