March 29, 2010

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Greensboro Joins Immigrant Students Walking 1,500 Miles from Miami to Washington, D.C.

Join the Campaign by sending a Text to: 3-0-6-4-4 with the word TRAIL

WHAT: Trail of DREAMs Walk with Greensboro Community

WHEN: Tuesday March 30 at 6:30pm 

WHERE: Faith Action International House, 705 N. Greene St. 27401

Greensboro, NC – Four immigrant students who are walking 1,500 miles from Miami, FL to Washington, D.C. will be joined tomorrow March 30, by the Greensboro community to call attention to the need to fix the country’s failed immigration system and immediately stop the deportation of students. The city of Greensboro is located in the 287(g) approved-county of Guildford, meaning that local law enforcement officers have the right to enforce federal immigration laws that have resulted in the deportation of immigrants– policies that the student walkers say are oppressive and discriminatory.

“Through, we hope to share our own experiences as immigrant students with the larger Greensboro community, and to explain the fear and pain that detentions and deportations cause within families,” said Gaby Pacheco, 25. “We seek real solutions to fix our broken immigration system and to stop the deportation of students just like us who know the United States as their only home and want to make it prosperous for all.”

Pacheco and the other students – Felipe Matos, 23; Carlos Roa, 22; and Juan Rodriguez, 20 – started their Trail of DREAMs on January 1 with the mission of raising awareness about the need to reform our broken immigration system; they are expected to arrive in Washington, DC on May 1st.

Tomorrow’s event is part of the annual Pilgrimage for Justice & Peace. The Trail of DREAMs will start walking at 6:30pm from the Faith Action International House to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where an evening event on immigration reform will take place.