Getting Arrested for Disrupting Legislature Wins Illegal Aliens Right to Stay
Monday, March 5, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT – posted on NumbersUSA
Immigration officials say that three illegal immigrants will not be deported after they protested a North Carolina legislative meeting on cracking down on illegal immigration.
A group of illegal immigrants walked into the meeting wearing T-shirts that declared “Undocumented and Unafraid”, according to Fox News Latino.
They shouted their opposition after Rep. George Clevland, R-Onslow, decried illegal immigrants as the source of drug and gun crime.
General Assembly police charged Uriel Alberto, 24, Estephania Mijangos-Lopez , 20, and Cynthia Martinez, 21, with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for disrupting a Wednesday immigration panel.
The three protestors have been booked at the Wake County Jail, which has authorized to check immigration status and turn over non-U.S. citizens to ICE. A jail spokeswoman had said after the protestors’ arrests that information about the three was going to be turned over to ICE.
A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Fox News that the agency will not pursue the two illegal immigrants because their cases don’t match the priorities of deporting people with criminal records and avoiding those brought to the U.S. as children.
ICE spokesman Vincent Picard says the third person has a criminal history and will require further review.