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Five immigration protesters arrested at Wake Tech

Posted August 15, 2013

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— Five immigration advocates were arrested Thursday during a demonstration at Wake Technical Community College, officials said.

Marco Antonio Cervantes Garcia, 19, of Mexico, Mario Valladares Salgado, 27, of Raleigh, Eduardo Ulises Barajas Perez, 18, of Carrboro, Jose Jared Rico Benandes, 23, of Raleigh, and Cruz A. Nunez Jimenez, 17, of Mexico, were charged with second-degree trespassing.

They were among a number of people protesting the North Carolina Community College System's admissions policy for undocumented students. They argued that students in the country illegally should be eligible for in-state tuition and other advantages if they live in North Carolina.

Wake Tech officials said they told protest organizers that they needed to obtain a permit at least three days in advance for any demonstration, and they asked the group to leave the campus shortly after the protest began. While most of the group then rallied off campus, officials said, five people staged a sit-in in the admissions office in the Student Services Building.


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  • Sherlock Aug 19, 2013

    Why waste time to arrest, the DA will just have them released and offer a plea deal, so he will not have to go to court and lose.

  • heelzfan4 Aug 16, 2013

    EXTREMELY well stated "Hills-n-Hollers!!"

    Illegals (aka criminals) - go home. We don't want you here just like Mexico doesn't want us there. Only difference is - in Mexico, illegals get imprisoned and/or deported VERY quickly!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 16, 2013

    so you dont - "Why are you all so hateful..."

    My European ancestors came here shortly after WWI. They had to wait until they were cleared, they had to have jobs to come to, they had to have somewhere to live - before they were even allowed to set foot on a boat that sailed here.

    They arrived at Ellis Island where they were quarantined until they receive medical clearances and immunizations. They had to endure harsh public showers and spray-downs to ensure they were bringing no pestilence on their persons. Their belongings were all sprayed as well.

    Once released from Ellis Island, they had a certain length of time to memorize parts of the US Constitution and receive US citizenship. They didn't even speak English then, yet they learned enough English to pass the citizenship test within that period of time. And not only that - THEY WERE PROUD TO DO SO, waving their papers in the air joyfully after passing.

    And you wonder why I say no to illegal aliens now???


  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 16, 2013

    "They argued that students in the country illegally should be eligible for in-state tuition and other advantages if they live in North Carolina."

    Heck they do!

    Go back and get an education where you came from.

  • thewayitis Aug 16, 2013

    How about no in-state tuition for illegal immigrants? Now that would make sense.

  • yankee17 Aug 16, 2013

    They are illegal. Not undocumented. So tired of people being "politically correct". Illegal is illegal. If you are not a legal, permanent resident or a citizen, you ARE NOT LEGAL. Why are so many people "demanding" thingstheybhave mo right to demand? What about all the people inside (and outside) this country waiting LEGALLY?

  • Disabled Vet Aug 16, 2013

    Just because you live somewhere illegally, does not make you a resident no more than a cat having kittens in an oven makes them biscuits!

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Aug 16, 2013

    Tongues are wagging wildly... Why are you all so hateful...

  • phillisalewis Aug 16, 2013

    Lets all go to Mexico and demand they give us free rides.

  • mep Aug 16, 2013

    Gosh... you should see how Mexico treats Americans that get caught living in Mexico illegally... much less protesting! Apparently the "entitlement" mindset goes beyond even our own citizens. The trespass arrest should be enough for deportation.