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Guest Voz: Undocumented student arrested in sit-in at Sen. McCain’s DC office faces trial in October

LatinaLista — In our ongoing show of support and solidarity with the thousands of undocumented youth who qualify to stay in the United States under what is known as the DREAM Act, Latina Lista continues publishing the DREAM letters by young people who face an uncertain life and future because of their illegal status.

Myrna Orozco crop.jpgThe “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama” is a social media campaign that launched July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.

Myrna Orozco

With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!



Dear Mr. President,


On July 20th, 2010 I was arrested in the office of Senator John McCain fighting for the DREAM Act.

I am one of the thousands of students who would qualify for this legislation. I was brought to the United States at the age of four and have been here ever since.

I consider myself to be a good student and I always strive to be a good example for others. I have been waiting for the DREAM Act to pass since it was first introduced in 2001, and this year I decided that I couldn’t stand by and wait another year. I decided to fight for my DREAMs.

I can no longer watch as politicians gamble with my future and the futures of my friends, family, and even strangers who are in the same position as I am. This is why I, along with 20 other DREAMers decided to take action and fight for what we believe is right; thus, we decided to conduct sit-ins at various senators offices and urge them to take action on the DREAM Act.

We cannot stand by as another class of outstanding students graduate without being able to fulfill their DREAMs.

I have been taught that America is the land of opportunity yet I have been denied the opportunity to contribute back to society and continue with my education.

I put my life on the line by participating in this action but I strongly believe it is worth it, because all I’m asking for is an opportunity to DREAM.

Because of the sit-in I have to return to Washington DC for my trial on October 1st, 2010. During the trial I will continue to fight for what I believe is right. I need to be able to make it back to DC for this date, however, I’m running out of funds.


Please help me continue my fight so that I can make it back to DC for my trial on October first.

If I can’t make it by then I’ll have a warrant for my arrest and the risk of deportation will be higher. I don’t want to go back to a country that I don’t know.

America is my home, the country I would fight for, the country I would die for. Please help me remain with my family and friends.

Please help me stay home.

Myrna Orozco


To help these students convince Congress to pass the DREAM Act, you can:

Sign the DREAM Act Petition

Join the DREAM Act Facebook Cause

Send a fax in support of the DREAM Act

Call your Senator and ask them to pass the DREAM Act now.

Email kyle at citizenorange dot com to get more involved

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