Undocumented Mother of Dream-Eligible Youth Announces DNC Civil Disobedience Plans Live on Democracy Now This Morning
September 04, 2012
In an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now this morning, undocumented No Papers No Fear Rider, Rosi Carrasco, announced her intent to participate in group civil disobedience during the DNC despite Charlotte's participation in the federal 287(g) and Secure Communities deportation programs that merge local police with immigration enforcement.
After the show, Carrasco explained, "It was my children that taught me that making change requires taking risks and the status quo of mass deportation constitutes a human rights crisis we can no longer tolerate. I and others have made our decision. Regardless of what happens, I know what legacy I'm leaving my children; one of teaching them to defend their rights. The President has to make his decision. What will be his legacy on immigration? Will his administration oversee our deportation or our inclusion? We want him to be the one to find a way to include millions who are working for a better life in this country. We don't want his legacy to be that of his first four years; the President who has deported more people than anyone else in US history. We want him to be on the right side of history."
No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice participants have risked arrest over the past six weeks as they travelled from Arizona through more than 10 states and 16 cities to rally the migrant community, beared witness to the impact of police/ICE collaboration, and challenge the proponents of anti-immigrant policies. The tour began with four participants being arrested in civil disobedience during Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio's racial profiling trial.
Sheriff Bailey of Mecklenburg County where Charlotte is located has stated that he will turn undocumented people who are arrested defending their communities' civil rights over to ICE despite the administration's claim that immigration authorities are using discretion in who is placed in deportation proceedings.
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