Immigrant youth sit-in at ICE

Five undocumented immigrant youth staged a sit-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement prosecutor’s office in Los Angeles, Oct. 18. All five are DREAM Act eligible, yet they said they wanted to send a message to ICE and the Obama administration that they are “undocumented and unafraid.”

DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors and is a legislative remedy for qualified undocumented young people to go to college or enlist, and become legal residents or citizens.

The sit-in and the support rally outside the building were livestreamed. The youth did not resist arrest and were shown cooperating with the arresting officers.

In an email statement, DREAM activist Carlos Saavedra said the DREAMers’ sit-in is an “act of tremendous courage and passion highlights the need for President Obama to take immediate action to stay true to his words and show his support not only for all Dream Act eligible youth, but Latino voters and the immigrant community as well.”

United We Dream Campaign is petitioning President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented young people. To sign on, click here.

To watch the five undocumented students’ sit-in click here.

Photo: Mercedes is fighting deportation after police stopped her for a traffic violation. (United We Dream)



Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano is associate editor of People's World and an award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Chicago, Albano is a member of the Chicago News Guild-Communications Workers of America and has been covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People's World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW's social media presence.

Albano lived in New York City for 13 years and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including to India, Cuba, Angola, Italy and to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. She received awards from International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association, including its prestigious Silver Feather Award. Albano attends Northeastern Illinois University and recently received NEIU's Future Alumni Leader award. She will graduate in December 2016. 

Combining her passion for swimming and for social justice, she founded the blog, Swimming Social, during the 2016 Rio Games.