On November 10, Jonathan Perez and Isaac Barrera, two undocumented immigrants from California, entered a Border Patrol office in Mobile, Alabama and told agents they were undocumented. Theirs was a strategic move organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and DreamActivist.org to prove that away from the media spotlight and contrary to its public line on its deportation policies, the Obama administration is still intent on deporting the very people it claims not to have any interest in removing from the country, including young people with no criminal convictions who'd be eligible for the DREAM Act.Watch this video, released over the weekend, as Perez confronts Border Patrol officers, and courageously announces his status, but not before telling them how disgusted he is with Obama's deportation agenda."We're exercising our power and showing that we can do something about this," Perez told Colorlines last week. "We can challenge the system, and when we do, the system falls apart and the contradictions begin to show."
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About Drop the I-Word
Drop the I-Word is a public education campaign powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country that value human dignity and are working to eradicate the dehumanizing slur "illegals" from everyday use and public discourse. The i-word opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration. No human being is illegal. Learn more
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La campaña llamada "Drop the I-Word" en ingles y conocida en español como "Ningún Ser Humano Es Ilegal" cuenta con la participación de migrantes y comunidades diversas a través del país que valoran la dignidad humana y están trabajando para retirar el epíteto deshumanizante, 'ilegales,' del uso cotidiano y el discurso publico. El insulto abre el paso al perfilamiento racial y la violencia y obstruye la verdad y el respeto en el debate migratorio. Ningún Ser Humano es Ilegal. Leer más
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I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.
No le llamaré "ilegal" a ningún ser humano. Este insulto racial y palabras asociadas confunden el debate migratorio, emprenden la violencia y no reflejan mis principios. Me uno a comunidades al nivel nacional exigiéndole a los medios de comunicación que hagan igual.
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