Sit-in and Rally at John McCain's Tucson Office to Urge Passage of the DREAM Act

Three undocumented student leaders arrested and likely to face removal proceedings, in response to push for reform

Tucson, Arizona- On May 17th, the anniversary of landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education, Arizona law enforcement arrested three undocumented leaders of the immigrant student movement and one supporter. Arizona native Raul Alcaraz; Lizbeth Mateo of Los Angeles, California; Mohammad Abdollahi of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Yahaira Carrillo of Kansas City, Missouri, were detained in Tucson, Arizona, after staging a sit-in at Senator John McCain’s office. These four leaders defied local and federal anti-immigrant laws and are risking deportation from the United States in the hope that this action will make a significant contribution to the fight for immigrant rights.

Dozens rallied all afternoon in front of McCain's office to show support for those inside ( photos). Vigils and demonstrations are planned nationwide over the coming days to show solidarity with immigrants in Arizona, and urge passage of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) as the standard for immigration reform. The DREAM Act would normalize the status of many who graduate from U.S. High Schools and entered the country as minors, as well as allowing them to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities... read more>>>

Supporters are urged to pack the Pima County Court on Mission, north of 29th street tomorrow at 8:30 am for the students' initial arraignment. In addition, a national press conference will be held at 9am Tuesday morning in front of John McCain's office, 407 West Congress Street.


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