Trail of Dreams in the News

Defying Cops and Klan, Immigrants Trek 1,500 Miles to Washington
ABC, Apr. 30, 2010

When Gaby Pacheco, an undocumented immigrant, came face to face with members of the Ku Klux Klan in February, she didn't even flinch.

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'Trail of Dreams' students walk 1,500 miles to bring immigration message to Washington
Washington Post, Apr. 30, 2010
Washington -- Gaby Pacheco and Felipe Matos, a couple of high-achieving college students from Miami, stand dumbfounded at the corner of 14th and N streets NW.
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A Long Walk for a Cause
New York Times
, Apr. 28, 2010
Four immigrant students arrived at the White House on Wednesday after walking from Miami to raise support for legislation to open a path to legal status for students who are illegal immigrants.
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Trail of Dreams March Arrives in Washington, DC
CBS4, Apr. 28, 2010
On January 1st, four South Florida students, here illegally, but determined to change immigration law started walking. "We want to take our story, our struggle, our convictions and our passions 1500 miles, all the way to DC," Juan Rodriguez said.
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Admission Officers and School Counselors Support Freeze on Undocumented Student Deportations; Urge Prompt Action on DREAM Act in Recognition of 'Trail of DREAMs' Walkers
AScribe Newswire, Apr. 28, 2010
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) would like to recognize the valiant accomplishments of the Trail of DREAMs students as both groups arrive in Washington, D.C. and complete their historic 1,500 mile walk from Miami, FL and 250 mile walk from New York, NY. Determined to raise national awareness of the plight of undocumented students, these "Walkers" have inspired people around the country to join the effort to pass the DREAM Act (S.729).
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Keep on Walking - The Trail of Dreams
Huffington Post, Apr. 23, 2010
This week, in a letter addressed to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) asked the DHS to halt the deportations of immigrant youth eligible for the "Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act" (S.729).
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"Swatties For a DREAM" Organize Walk From Philadelphia to Swarthmore
The Daily Gazette, Apr. 22, 2010
In a show of solidarity for 4 immigrant students and their walk from New York City to Washington, DC, Swatties For A DREAM
gathered approximately fifteen Swatties to an eleven-mile walk with these students from Philadelphia to Swarthmore. Called the “Trail of DREAMs”, these students’ walk from New York to Washington is to bring awareness about immigration reform and the importance of the DREAM Act.
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Students on Miami-to-D.C. walk stop in Richmond
Richmond Times-Dispatch
, Apr. 16, 2010
While a group of schoolchildren from The Plains posed for pictures outside the Executive Mansion, another group of students was having its photos taken in front of the Civil Rights Memorial. But these college students from Florida weren't typical sightseers at Capitol Square.
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Estudiantes caminan por un sueño hasta DC
El Diario NY
, Apr. 14, 2010
NEWARK, N.J. — Completando su cuarto día de caminata y habiendo recorrido 60 millas, cuatro jóvenes que planean llegar a pie hasta Washington para el primero de mayo, en su paso por Nueva Jersey le piden a senadores y congresistas que aprueben el llamado DREAM Act.
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The Trail of Dreams is becoming a movement
, Apr. 13, 2010
Inspired by the walkers of the Trail of Dreams from Miami, five dreamers from New York set out on their own version of the Trail of Dreams with the same destination in mind. If all goes accordingly, both groups will arrive in Washington D.C. on May first.
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Trail of Dreams NY: Meet the NYC Walkers
, Apr. 10, 2010
Daniela Hidalgo came to the United States when she was 14 years old.. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baruch College/CUNY in 2007. However, after graduation, her options continue to be limited.
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Walking on the "Trail of Dreams" to fight for reform
The A&T Register
, Apr. 7, 2010
Four immigrants students from Florida began walking on January 1 on a trip to Washington D.C. in hopes of improving and changing the conditions of undocumented students and immigrants. Felipe, Gabby, Juan and Carlos are four students who are on a mission for change.
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Students Stop in Greensboro Before Walking to Washington
WFMY, Mar. 31, 2010
Greensboro, NC -- Four student activists are leading a protest walk called the "Trail of Dreams." T
he group is making their way from Florida to Washington, D.C. in an effort to raise awareness for immigration reform.
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Students risk dreams -- and deportation -- in walk for recognition
CNN, Mar. 23, 2010
(CNN) - When he first arrived in the United States, 14-year-old Felipe Matos liked to go to the supermarket after school just to walk the aisles.
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Students walk from FL to DC, hope for Dream Act
WECT, Mar. 22, 2010
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – There are 12 million undocumented people living in the United States -- 2 million of them are children.
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Risking Deportation, Undocumented Students Publicly Disclose Their Status to Advocate for the DREAM Act
Huffington Post, Mar. 15, 2010

"What have I ever done wrong other than try to be a good student, try to give back to my family that has loved and supported me?" Juan Rodriguez, an undocumented student, posed this question to national audience on Friday March 12, during an interview with Rick Sanchez on CNN.
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Students Risk Arrest, Deportation To Speak To Sheriff
CBS Atlanta, Mar. 4, 2010
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- Carlos Roa walked through security at the Gwinnett County Courthouse, hoping to discuss immigration with Sheriff Butch Conway. It seemed like a harmless request, but as an undocumented immigrant, Roa opened himself up to potential deportation under the federal 287g program.
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"Eso somos, indocumentados..."
Ponte Al Día, Mar. 4, 2010 
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- El “Camino de los Sueños” está esta semana en un condado peligroso de Georgia donde rige la iniciativa 287G, que da poder migratorio a autoridades locales. Es fácil salir y preguntar a la gente si sabe algo de los cuatro jóvenes que caminan a favor del ‘Dream Act’ y una reforma migratoria y no obtener una respuesta.
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'Trail of Dreams' walk for reform stops in Lawrenceville
Gwinnett Daily Post, Mar. 3, 2010

LAWRENCEVILLE — Wednesday, four college students on their way from Miami to Washington converged on the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in hopes of speaking with Sheriff Butch Conway. The purpose of their 1,500 mile “Trail of Dreams” walk is to address the country’s immigration system.As part of that agenda, the students hoped to meet with Conway regarding the 287(g) program recently implemented at the Gwinnett County Jail. The federal immigration program, they say, is oppressive and discriminatory.

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Undocumented Students Face Down Georgia Sheriff
The Indypendent, Mar. 3, 2010
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—Four immigrant students walked into Gwinnett County Courthouse March 3 wearing shirts reading “undocumented” and demanded to speak with Sheriff R.L. “Butch” Conway about the need to reform the U.S. immigration system.  
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Trail of Dreams vs. KKK: Walking on for Immigration Reform
Alternet, Mar. 2, 2010
To wrap up’s coverage of DREAM Act Week of Action, we're revisiting the four youth who kicked off the New Year by embarking on 1,500 mile "Trail of Dreams" to call attention to the need for immigration reform. All of these young "dreamwalkers" were brought to the United States as children.
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‘Trail of Dreams’ in Georgia: Four Youth Face the KKK on “Latino Invasion”
America's Voice, Feb. 26, 2010
This week I was struck all over again by the power and courage of a very simple act: four young people who decided to take matters into their own hands and make an epic journey from Florida to Washington DC, on foot.
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"Otro enemigo más"
Mundo Hispánico, Feb. 25, 2010
Los pocos latinos que presenciaron la protesta del Ku Klux Klan en Nahunta terminaron consternados.
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Jovem brasileiro caminha 1.700 quilômetros nos Estados Unidos pelo direito de estudar
Época, Feb. 23, 2010
Felipe Matos sempre foi um aluno exemplar, mas não conseguiu uma vaga na faculdade por ser um imigrante ilegal. Em entrevista a ÉPOCA, ele explica seu protesto.
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Walking To Be Heard: Four Immigrants Tell Their Stories
WRBL, Feb. 22, 2010
Four young adults from Florida passed through Columbus Monday on their way to an immigration rights rally in Washington D.C. But the group didn’t cruise through town. They walked.
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Immigration Reform Advocates Losing Patience with Obama
Alternet, Feb. 22, 2010
Obama promised sweeping changes to the immigration system. “Yeah, things are changing,” says an advocate from Florida. “They’re getting worse.”
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Albany leaders welcome "dream walkers" to Georgia
WALB, Feb. 12, 2010
The six young adults who crossed the border on foot from Florida to Georgia yesterday afternoon, as part of a four-month, 1500 mile pilgrimage from Miami to D.C. to call attention to the current crisis in their communities and the urgent need for a comprehensive immigration reform will be in Albany on Monday, February 15th at 10:00 am to receive a very special community welcome from local leaders.
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Estudiantes orientan a inmigrantes durante caminata "Sendero de los sueños"
Univision, Feb. 11, 2010
Miami, 11 feb (EFE).- Carlos Roa descubrió que participar en el "Sendero de los sueños", una marcha para llamar la atención sobre la necesidad de una reforma migratoria, iba más allá de caminar 2.414 kilómetros desde Miami hasta Washington.
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Estudiantes cumplen un mes de caminata: Difunden mensaje a favor del Dream Act rumbo a Washington
El Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2010
Tras recorrer casi 350 millas a pie, un grupo de jóvenes estudiantes del Miami Dade College celebra hoy sábado su primer mes de caminata por la Florida, rumbo a Washington D.C., en busca de sensibilizar a la población y a las autoridades para aprobar el Dream Act.
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Caminata por un sueño: Estudiantes inmigrantes recorren 1,700 kilómetros para exigir el Dream Act
El Diario La Prensa, Jan. 23, 2010
NUEVA YORK — Gabriela, Juan, Carlos y Felipe se aburrieron de trabajar duro para nada. Los cuatro son alumnos sobresalientes del Miami Dade College, pero ninguno de ellos podrá cumplir sus sueños sin una reforma migratoria que les permita estudiar y vivir con los mismos derechos que todos. Para ellos este país es su hogar, sin embargo ninguno nació aquí por los que son inmigrantes indocumentados.
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Immigrant Students Make Orlando Stop In Trail Of Dreams
CF News 13, Jan. 20, 2010
Four students started walking in Miami on Jan. 1.  They said they want to raise awareness about the immediate need for just and human reform to the U.S. immigration system.
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Students Stop in St. Augustine During 1,500-mile 'Trail of Dreams' Walk for Immigration Reform
St. Augustine Florida News, Jan. 18, 2010
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18th, the walkers of the "Trail of Dreams" will be arriving to a place of great significance to the civil rights movement - St. Augustine, Florida.  Walking in the spirit of nonviolence practiced by Dr. King and many others before him the walkers will commemorate this revered day and remind the world that the injustices of our broken immigration system can and must stop now.
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Pro-immigration groups ready to fight
The Washington Times, Jan. 12, 2010
Pro-immigration groups are more united, better-funded and, unlike the last battle in 2007, are ready to fight back against what they say is a wave of hatred from opponents as they gear up for another bruising immigration fight in Congress.
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A New Immigrant Revolution Takes Shape: Wake Up -- It's Happening NOW
Huffington Post, Jan. 12, 2010
On January 1, five residents of South Florida stopped eating in a protest action. They are demanding that the Obama administration take measures now to put an end to the deportations that are separating families -- at least until Congress can provide more permanent relief by fixing our harsh immigration laws.
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March highlights much more than immigration
TC Palm, Jan. 9, 2010
Priscilla Johnson isn’t afraid of much, and that sometimes gets her into trouble. So when the 74-year-old Indiantown resident learned that a group of undocumented immigrants was marching across Martin County on the way to Washington D.C., she didn’t hesitate to offer her support.
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Camino al sueño de la igualdad (Spanish)
Ponte Al Dia, Jan. 8, 2010
Los cuatro caminantes de la Ruta de los Sueños (Trail of Dreams) se han encontrado algunos “milagros” en los primeros cuatros días de su viaje a pie desde Miami (FL) hasta Washington DC, pues varias personas los ayudan y alientan en su causa.
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Pro-immigration 'dream' walkers make chilly stop in Lake Worth
The Palm Beach Post News, Jan. 6, 2010
LAKE WORTH — Four Miami-Dade County college students braved cold winds Wednesday to discuss the plight of undocumented immigrants on the steps of city hall as part of the Trail of Dreams walk — a months-long trek from Miami to the nation's capital intended to build support for immigration reform.
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Should the Goal of Immigration Reform be Assimiliation?
VivirLatino, Jan. 6, 2010
In an editorial in today’s New York Times, the Gray Lady takes a pro-immigration reform stance but is it for all the wrong reasons? The editorial centers around two pieces of news. One, third term NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly stated that a priority of his would be pushing for immigration reform.
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Immigration’s New Year
New York Times, Jan. 5, 2010
The quest for overhauling immigration received two very welcome lifts on New Year’s Day. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, at his inauguration, pledged to help the Obama administration pass immigration reform.
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Inicia marcha de estudiantes migrantes por la dignidad de esa comunidad en Estados Unidos
La Jornada, Jan. 2, 2010
Nueva York, 1o de enero. Estudiantes inmigrantes latinoamericanos iniciaron hoy el Camino de los Sueños, una caminata de casi 2 mil 500 kilómetros de Miami a Washington DC por la dignidad de su comunidad con la demanda de una reforma migratoria para finalizar con la separación de familias, las deportaciones y la vida infrahumana en las sombras para más de 12 millones de indocumentados.
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Youth trek from Miami to DC for immigrant rights
The Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2010
MIAMI -- While their fellow college students recovered from the night's revelry, four South Floridians celebrated the New Year with a more active - and activist - approach.
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To Overhaul Immigration, Advocates Alter Tactics
New York Times, Jan. 1, 2010
Lacing up new pairs of walking shoes with a flourish, four immigrant students set out on foot from downtown Miami on Friday, starting a four-month walk to Washington to protest what they called the Obama administration’s lack of action on legislation granting legal status to illegal immigrants.
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'Trail of Dreams' immigration march to D.C. starts in Miami Jan. 1
Sun-Sentinel, Dec. 23, 2009
Manuel Guerra Casas may soon be deported.  The 26-year-old from Indiantown has been forced to withdraw from Kaplan University and was denied scholarships at a seminary.  And if pending court proceedings don't go his way -- he'll also be heading back to Mexico.  So Guerra Casas plans to start walking to Washington D.C.
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