Undocumented youth call for pathway to citizenship

by Jordan Green

“I’m undocumented, I’m unafraid, and I will continue to fight for immigration reform,” said Jose Rico (front), a student at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh who pays out-of-state tuition.Rico and other members of the youth-led NC Dream Team held a rally that drew about 50 supporters at Hamburger Square in Greensboro on Nov. 13 Rico said he came to North Carolina with his parents at the age of 13, adding that his home state of Tamaulipas on the US border has become overrun by drug cartels since then and he would not feel safe starting a new life there.The protesters are urging the US Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented youth with a pathway to citizenship on the condition that they complete a college degree or two years of military service. Many held signs urging, “Let us serve.”Rico said the NC Dream Team is calling on Congress to pass the legislation this year under the belief that a window of opportunity will close when the new Republican majority takes control of the House in the next session.