Thursday, September 8, 2011
Illegal Immigrant Students Arrested In Ploy To Obtain Legal Status
Photo: Charlotte Observer
During Tuesday's rally at Central Piedmont Community College 200 people showed up for N.C. Dream Team’s protest of policies that they say discriminate against undocumented immigrants.
At one point during the protest several people blocked traffic, at the intersection of Kings Drive and Fourth Street, while chanting “education not deportation” and “undocumented and unafraid.”
Showing just how convoluted our immigration laws have become, several students at CPCC were arrested for disorderly conduct in hopes of gaining Obama's favor, and legal status. Of the 15 people arrested ten were determined to be in the country illegally.
According to The Charlotte Observer: Tuesday’s arrests were expected to be one of the first chances to see how a new Obama administration policy on illegal immigrants is implemented. The administration announced last month that those without criminal records would be released from jail and granted work permits.
More from the Charlotte Observer here.
That plan may have backfired when ICE refused to review the students status.
Some of those arrested Tuesday are featured below. Note: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's office arrest reports did not detail alien status.
Vazguez, Manuel Alejandro
Strobino, Dante Emmanuel
Saauedra, Marco Antonio
Morris, Robin Andrew
Martinez, Viridiana Bernice
Lugo-Brito, Perdo Orlando
Garcia, Peter Bryan
Arce-Jumenez, Raul Mauro
Velazquillo, Bangelica Marlen
Cedar Post's Update: Interesting development, most of the student protesters have been released but it seems Marco Antonio Saauedra may have sparked the interest of ICE and Homeland Security. He is still being held by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff.
Marco Antonio Saauedra
According to the Keyon Collegian the student newspaper of Kenyon College Gambier Ohio, Saauedra he was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and crossed the border through the Sonoran Desert when he was three years old. He is a graduate of the college, and a member of the class of 2011.
More details on Saauedra via the Keyon Collegian which is here.