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Juan Jose Ernesto was  was release today!

Juan Jose  with his wife Ana Ruth and two year old daughter Allison after being release today from North Georgia Detention Center.


Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605

Call DC ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask ICE to stop Fidela Medel Lopez’ (A 200-970-777) deportation. She is the mother of 5 children, two of which are US citizens and one of those, Erick, is a special needs child who suffers from severe autism. Fidela is low priority for deportation and Erick needs a stable home alongside his mother. Deporting Fidela threatens Erick’s health and puts him directly in harm’s way. Stop Fidela’s deportation now!”




Tuesday, May 28th, 2013



Viridiana Martinez



Father of 3 US Citizen Children Faces Deportation

The children will hold a vigil to ask for their father’s release 


Sanford, NC– Juan Joya Mejia (A#097-951-344)  lives in Sanford, North Carolina with his family but was in Pennsylvania looking for work to provide for his family. He was arrested after a neighbor called the police accusing Juan of looking suspicious when he was only playing with a bee bee gun. The police did not arrest him at first, but they came back after and asked him for his immigration status and turned him in to ICE. Juan is now at risk of deportation even though he did nothing wrong. He is currently detained at York County Prison in Pennsylvania and faces imminent deportation.

Juan has severe liver complications and onset heart problems. He needs medication that he cannot access in detention. He is the father of 3 U.S. citizen children who need him home. His wife, Maria, is at high risk for ovarian cancer, and she needs help sustaining their children.

Juan’s friends, wife and three US citizen children will be holding a vigil to ask immigration authorities for his immediate release.

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

TIME:            7PM

WHERE:       St. Stephen Catholic Church – 901 N Franklin Dr.,  Sanford, NC 27330

WHO:             Organized by The NC Dream Team as part of the Secure Your Own Community (SYOC) project, where immigrant youth fight to stop the deportation of our peers and community.

Juan was born in El Salvador but came to the United States to escape violent gangs that were trying to recruit him and threatened him when he refused to join them. Juan has been living in the United States since 2003 and has no criminal record. He is a caring and hard-working father.

Juan needs to be released so he can join his family in North Carolina, receive proper medical care and provide for them. He is a low priority for deportation and meets the requirements for favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion under the 2011 Morton Memo. 


For more information about Juan, you can visit the online petition:


The NC DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies who are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize their individual and collective power to activate their communities. We will escalate in our efforts to achieve a just reform that is acceptable to–and guided by–the voices of those directly affected by our broken immigration system.


Location: St. Stephen Catholic Church – 901 N Franklin Dr  Sanford, NC 27330

Time: 6 to 8 pm


On Tuesday, May 28th at 6 pm, we will be holding a vigil in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Sanford, NC calling on Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) to release Juan Joya, a day laborer from the area.

RSVP to the facebook event here! 

Juan was on a trip to work in Pennsylvania. He was sitting on the steps of a building playing with a bee bee gun when a neighbor called the police. When they arrived, they asked Juan for ID and when he showed the only one he has from his country of El Salvador, he was detained and placed under the custody of ICE. Despite having no criminal record, living in the US for 10 years, and having 3 US citizen children, Juan is facing imminent deportation. 

Also, Juan has serious liver and heart problems which he has not been able to receive treatment for. On Tuesday, Juan’s wife and 3 US citizen children – Kegri (6), Madeline (4), Elwin (1) – will be joined by supporters, family members, and clergy to ask for the immediate release of Juan.


Location: St. Stephen Catholic Church – 901 N Franklin Dr  Sanford, NC 27330

Time: 6 to 8 pm


Does not having a driver’s license merit tearing this family apart? Despite having no criminal record, ICE is planning to deport Jose TODAY!

Can you help Luis, Joselyn, and Gloria keep their Daddy home? Their representative, Congressman George Holding, is their only hope.

Make a call and Sign the petition calling on Rep. Holding to Intervene on behalf of this family!

Call Congressman George Holding:

Washington D.C. Office: 202-225-3032
Raleigh Office: 919-782-4400

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that Congressman Holding support Jose Guillermo Ortiz (A# 205-213-818) and stop his deportation set for today. Jose is the sole bread winner for his family that includes three US Citizen children. GOP leaders are working towards comprehensive immigration reform in Washington DC. Rep. Holding has a responsibility to keep this family together. Will he intervene to stop Jose’s deportation today?”

Remember, the congressman has the power to address a letter to ICE asking to stop the deportation of Jose. He can also make a call to ICE or even issue a private bill to keep this family together.

Let us know what his office tells you! Leave a message on our facebook page or send an email to Thank you for your support!

FACT: More people have been deported under President Obama than under any other president. 

19684_491113740936910_1397952706_nimage by Victoria Bouloubasis

Despite the hype about comprehensive immigration reform, we can smell the horse manure from miles away. We continue to get calls from people in our community who are getting deported. Mothers like Lorena and Maria Juana, fathers like Isaias, grandfathers like Miguel, and dreamers like Flavio, are the gangbangers President Obama has tried to deport.


This was taken at McLeansville Elementary School. It is a note Maria Juana Perez dropped off at the front desk explaining why her daughters, 9 year-old Nayely and 7 year-old Blanca, missed school the previous day. They were at Senator Hagan’s office asking her to help stop their mother’s deportation. Maria Juana was set to be deported 6 days from the day this note was written. 

You see, as undocumented youth who belong to undocumented families, we cannot afford to wait around for comprehensive immigration reform to happen. We at the North Carolina Dream Team have decided to take matters into our own hands. We are securing our own families and in doing so, we plan to secure our own community.

382285_491114054270212_490066599_nimage by V. Bouloubasis

On Sunday, February 17th, NCDT members and our families gathered for an afternoon of information and preparation. We shared with our parents and aunts and uncles and cousins the work we have been doing in the past year. Our families had heard about our work but there’s nothing like bringing them all together. Everyone left with an emergency packet ready to go in case of an arrest by the police or ICE. You see, it is not only us – undocumented youth – who want to no longer remain in the shadows. Our entire families want to no longer remain in the shadows. And it’s our responsibility as undocumented youth to inform and prepare our families for whatever may come. We are our own voice. We are our own power!

14771_491113110936973_348925104_nimage by Victoria B.

If you are interested in having a Secure Your Own Community training, get in touch with Cinthia Marroquin. That’s her in the picture above. You can email her at

Have you made your call to Senator Hagan today? Nayely and Blanca’s mom is set to be deported in just 8 DAYS! Senator Hagan is her only hope. 

Senator Kay Hagan

Washington DC: 202-224-6342
Greensboro: 336-333-5311

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that Senator Hagan support Maria Juana Perez Santiago (A# 200-576-618) and stop her deportation set for December 27, 2012. Maria Juana is the sole bread winner for her family that includes three US Citizen children. In 2010, Senator Hagan killed the DREAM Act because she wanted Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We are holding the Senator accountable to that. The Senator has a responsibility to keep this family together. Maria Juana is a low-priority case and her deportation should be stopped immediately.”


When you make a call expect to hear that the Senator can’t do anything. But she can. She has the power to do the following:

1. Issue a signed letter in support of Maria Juana Perez. The letter should specifically ask that Maria’s deportation be stopped and her request for discretion. The senator must take a position on Maria’s case.

2. Call John Morton, the director of ICE, directly and ask that he use his discretion. Senators in many previous cases have made this call.

3. Issue a private bill. Any senator can sponsor a private bill and as soon as one is issued it will put a hold on any deportation for the remainder of the congressional session.


Let us know what they tell you. And thank you for your support!

After the outpouring of community support, Time Warner Cable has told Lorena Yanez-Mata (A# 205-214-279) and her attorneys that her charges have been dropped.

In a statement sent over email, TWC said the following:

“TWC has no interest in charges being brought against Ms. Yanez-Mata.”

This is great news as it means your calls and emails have made the difference. However, Lorena still remains in deportation proceedings. Her second immigration court date is in just 2 days. Lorena could be torn apart from her 7 year old US citizen daughter simply because a TWC representative felt it was necessary to set up Lorena for deportation. So, we still need your help to make sure Lorena and her family can put this behind them and spend the holidays together.

Email Time Warner Cable at and and tell them Lorena and her daughter still need 2 things from them:

- TWC should tell ICE to immediately close Lorena’s case because she should not be in deportation proceedings in the first place. TWC should release a statement of support for Lorena before her upcoming immigration court date on December 13th (in TWO days!)

- TWC should also tell Senator Kay Hagan to intervene in the case of Lorena. Senator Hagan has the power to write a letter of support for Lorena addressed to ICE telling them to exercise favorable prosecutorial discretion.

Lorena YANEZ-MATA & daughter

Also, if you haven’t yet, SIGN and SHARE Lorena’s petition! And we hope you’ll make it out to today’s rally at the Time Warner Cable office where Lorena was arrested: 316 Huffman Mill Road in Burlington at 3 pm. 

Thanks for your support, y’all!

Contact: Jose Rico Benavides (919) 802-0508

NC DREAM Team Issues Strong Rebuke of Dale Folwell’s Candidacy for Lt. Governor

Candidate is anti-woman, anti-family, and anti-immigrant

RALEIGH—The NC DREAM Team is strongly opposed to Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth) seeking statewide office. Folwell is a man with hate in his heart who believes the state’s best days are in the past.

“This is a man who has dedicated his life to harassing women, LGBTQ people, and immigrants,” said Viridiana Martinez, a member of the NC DREAM Team. “We will not be silent while Folwell continues his hateful and bigoted crusade.”

Folwell is proud of his record of rolling back the individual liberties of people who aren’t like him. With the Women’s Right to Know law, Folwell forces upon women his opinion of what they should do with their bodies when they seek an abortion. With the anti-family amendment, Folwell will attempt to ensure that only his antiquated definition of a family is recognized by the state. With the anti-immigrant bills he has supported, Folwell intends to criminalize people for feeding their families and going to school.

Folwell is not a man who can lead our state into the future; he is a man who wants to confine it to the past. As the immigrant youth of North Carolina, we stand against his candidacy. We urge all people of conscience in the state–and those who believe in the state’s future–to do the same.


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 will escalate in our efforts to achieve a just reform that is acceptable to–and guided by–the voices of those directly affected by our broken immigration system.

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