|Felipe Baeza. Twitter photo: Likeafox23|
“It is time for undocumented youth across the South to come out and fight against injustice,” said Dulce Guerrero, one of the students participating in the action. “My dreams and my family are under attack.”
Dulce Guerrero, 18; Jessica Vasquez, 18; Rolando Zenteno, 16; Nataly Ibarra, 16; Felipe Baeza, 24; and Leeidy Solis, 16 were arrested by capitol police. All are current high school students except for Guerrero, who graduated earlier this month, and Baeza, who received his Bachelor’s degree from The Cooper Union in New York in 2009. All are Georgia residents except for Baeza, a college graduate who lives in New York.
The protest is the second of its kind in Atlanta in 2011. A similar action occurred on the campus of Georgia State University in April. Students who attempted to block an intersection near the State Capitol were arrested in that incident. Protest organizers vow to continue taking action until states stop attempting to persecute undocumented immigrants and the federal government lays out a pathway to legal status.
A statement from The DREAM is Coming project advises the public to anticipate more civil unrest:
"Acts of resistance like the one today are part of a rising trend in undocumented youth using direct action to advocate for themselves and their families. As undocumented youth grow impatient with Washington games and increased criminalization, we will continue to step out of the shadows and into the streets."
Source: The DREAM is Coming; New York State Youth Leadership Council