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Undocumented Youth occupy Obama campaign office in Detroit

June 15, 2012

This story is re-posted from the youth immigration rights group One Michigan.

One Michigan along with National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a network of undocumented led organizations, are calling for the President to issue an executive order to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible youth. On Monday, undocumented youth in Colorado ended a 7- day occupation and hunger strike inside Obama’s headquarters making the same demand. We take action in solidarity with undocumented youth across the nation.

Four youth from metro-Detroit are no longer going to allow their lives and the lives of their friends and families to be held up by petty partisanship and congressional gridlock.

Jose Esquivel of Lincoln Park, 18, Evelin Calderon of Allen Park,17, and Nyasia Valdez of Detroit,16,Dayanna Rebolledo of Detroit,22, have been sitting-in at President Obama’s Campaign Headquarter Since yesterday  June 13th, in Dearborn (13742 Michigan Ave Dearborn,MI)  demanding that President Obama give relief to thousand of DREAMers. Obama campaign staffers have shut off the Internet and power to the office and are denying the protesters contact from outside supporters who want to bring them food.

For Evelin Calderon a recent graduate from Melvindale High School and undocumented student anything less than an executive order is unacceptable, “We need the strength of an executive order to stop our deportations. Prosecutorial discretion has not stopped them. I am asking President Obama to act fully within his power and give an executive order. Failing to do so will keep my life on hold.”

Nyasia Valdez an immigrant rights activist knows well the failure of this administration to do anything for immigration reform, “We know we need the DREAM Act, however while we wait we need the President to issue an executive order stopping the deportation of DREAM Act eligible youth. President Obama has the power to stop these deportations and we need him to act. I will wait as long as it takes for him to take action, even if it means risking arrest.”

Urge President Obama to use his power to issue an executive order to stop deportations of DREAM Act students

All four youth vow to remain at the office until President Obama issues an executive order or arrests are made. If arrested the undocumented youth could face deportation, a reality for any DREAM Act student arrested on any given day.

I know the risk I am taking today. I am risking my life because I am tired of seeing my community live in fear. I am tired of President Obama speaking words, our communities need action. Stop making excuses, an executive order is within your power.” stated Jose Esquivel.


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