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    Undocumented Students Face Down Georgia Sheriff By Jessica Lee The Indypendent March 3, 2010 Lawrenceville, Ga.-Four immigrant students walked into Gwinnett
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      Undocumented Students Face Down Georgia Sheriff

      By Jessica Lee
      The Indypendent
      March 3, 2010

      Lawrenceville, Ga.-Four immigrant students walked into Gwinnett County
      Courthouse March 3 wearing shirts reading "undocumented" and demanded to
      speak with Sheriff R.L. "Butch" Conway about the need to reform the U.S.
      immigration system.

      The four students from Florida - Felipe Matos, Gaby Pacheco, Carlos Roa and
      Juan Rodriguez - are walking 1,500 miles from Miami, Fl. to Washington,
      D.C., in a five-month campaign named "Trail of Dreams" to raise attention
      about the current immigrant condition and to pressure President Barack Obama
      and Congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform.

      The students were not detained by the sheriff's office. If the students had
      been arrested, they could have faced deportation.

      Conway has been a vocal proponent of "287(G)," a federal prevision
      authorizing local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws. The
      Trail of Dreams says that this policy has resulted in the deportation of
      hundreds of immigrants from Gwinnett County in just the past three months -
      policies that the student walkers say are oppressive and discriminatory.

      "We're not scared of Sheriff Conway," said Rodriquez, 20, in a March 2 press
      release. "Local enforcement of federal policies like the one Sheriff Conway
      is proudly implementing are proof of the need for real immigration reform.
      These policies have the long-term effect of criminalizing immigrants - the
      vast majority of whom are here only to work hard and provide for their
      families."

      For more information, read "Walking the Dream" Immigrant College Students
      Push for Reform" published Jan. 29 in The Indypendent and visit
      trail2010.org.


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