Earlier today, CNN reports, seven undocumented people were arrested in Atlanta for blocking traffic in order to raise awareness about current immigration issues. Among them was Maria Marroquin, the 23-year-old co-founder of DreamActivist.org’s Pennsylvania chapter.
The group was protesting the lack of support of the DREAM Act in Congress and policies in Georgia which some have said will prevent undocumented students from accessing some universities.
Marroquin, along with other potential DREAM Act beneficiaries, recently declared herself “undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic” at a rally held at Independence Mall on March 19.
According to CNN, the other six detainees are Georgina Perez, Viridiana Martinez, Jose Rico, Dayanna Rebolledo, Andrea Rosales and David Ramirez.
On Thursday, a vigil is set to take place in front of Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia district office at 5 p.m. in honor of the seven detainees.
Pamela Salazar-Linares, founder of Temple for a DREAM, said her organization will be taking part in the vigil.
“We have worked with [Marroquin] from the very beginning of the formation of Temple for a DREAM, and she has been a great ally,” Salazar-Linares said in an email. “These DREAMers are truly brave, they are taking a stand in a state that is so anti-immigrant.”
“Georgia banned undocumented students from attending public institutions. We cannot allow these types of legislations to spread throughout the country,” Salazar-Linares said. “For that reason a vigil is going to take place in front of Sen. Toomey’s office to make him be aware of the situation.”
Salazar-Linares encouraged Temple students and faculty to attend the vigil.
“Temple for a DREAM will be there,” Salazar-Linares said.
Angelo Fichera can be reached at email@example.com.
[Updated Thursday, April 7 at 3:59 p.m.]