Two illegal immigrants from North Carolina have been released from jail after being arrested Tuesday for their participation in an Atlanta sit-in to protest laws and proposed laws that bar illegal immigrants from attending public colleges.
Viridiana Martinez of Sanford said shortly after being taken to jail with the six other undocumented students who were arrested, immigration officers arrived and asked them to sign forms. All of the participants refused. She does not know why ICE did not take further action.
“We definitely felt privileged—not everyone who is undocumented is treated the way we were,” she said. “we are not sure why we were not detained.”
Martinez and Jose Rico, a student at Wake Tech, are part of the NC Dream Team, a state-wide group that advocates for immigrant rights. They were among seven undocumented students arrested in an act of civil obedience intended to raise awareness of new legislation in Georgia (and proposed in North Carolina) that bans illegal immigrants from attending public colleges.
For earlier coverage on the sit in, visit here and here.