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Jailed illegal immigrant facing deportation granted bond

Posted March 14, 2012

— A Winston-Salem man jailed for disrupting a legislative committee meeting two weeks ago was granted a $7,500 bond Wednesday, a day before an immigration judge in Charlotte was expected to hear his case.

Uriel Alberto, 24, of Winston-Salem, and two other people – Estephania Mijangos-Lopez, 20, of Sanford, and Cynthia Martinez, 21, of Broadway, were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Feb. 29 after they interrupted a House committee meeting on immigration and proclaimed themselves to be illegal immigrants.

“I’m thrilled that ICE granted Uriel a $7,500 bond, and believe it was the right thing to do," Alberto's attorney, Beckie Moriello, told the advocacy group NC Dream Team Wednesday. "That said, I want to emphasize how incredibly unusual this decision was."

Mijangos-Lopez and Martinez were both released from jail shortly after their arrests, but authorities held Alberto because of a criminal history that includes traffic violations and driving with a revoked license.

Alberto said he was protesting with the advocacy group NC Dream Team, in part, how U.S. immigration laws affect immigrants who have been raised in America yet cannot obtain citizenship as adults.

He said in an interview with WRAL News Monday that he realizes he can be deported.

"I knew what I was up against, and I knew the consequences of my actions," he said. "If we could go back in time and I had the choice of doing it again, I'd do it in a heartbeat."

NC Dream Team is raising money to pay for his bond, which the group said in a statement is "an important first step and an important first victory."

"The campaign for his release will now shift toward fighting his deportation," the organization said.


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  • ims1924 Mar 16, 2012

    jackleg/ I think the ticket will be to Arizona or California. We should know in a few days.

  • aprilhunter220 Mar 16, 2012

    If he goes out and gets drunk and gets behind the wheel of a car because he will license or not and then proceeds to hurt or kill someone WRAL will repeat the story over and over again.
    Then the few people on here that support illegals will change their little minds. Will that be his fault,his parents or the dope that let him out jail?

  • jackleg Mar 16, 2012

    ["I hope the attorney has to pay the full bond when her client fails to show for court!"]Why would the guy not show up for court when his whole life right now revolves around staying in America. All you guys with this attitude are implying that they just allowed him to but a 7500 dollar ticket to Mexico, and that's just silly.

  • jackleg Mar 16, 2012

    I am pretty anti-immigration in almost all cases. Sometimes stories about the high school kids who grew up here and don't know anything about the place they're about to go.... those really tug at heart strings.

    But as for the people who keep talking about immigrants from Mexico coming over and getting on welfare, I'd like to see some STATS... now, i have no way of knowing which hispanics may or may not be here illegally, but I do know that I see them out in force in the mornings headed to work.

    Me, personally... I'd rather see these Dream Act kids get the spot of one of these lifelong welfare mooches who only claim America insofar that them and their 6 kids get their next government check.

  • Tired Of Excuses Mar 16, 2012

    So this dude is getting the same amount of bond as the dude in Durham who was shot by the store owner...seriously??

  • OneLove Mar 16, 2012

    Our immigration laws are only enforced on non Hispanics--muggs. This is so true.

  • fayncmike Mar 16, 2012

    "His bond was ridiculously low at $7500, and you would have him released on recog? If this was not a politcally charged case he would not have been given such low bail.

    The purpose of bond is to guard against flight and possibly keep jailed anyone who is a threat to society. The last thing Uriel Alberto will do is flee and he poses no threat to society. Bond is not supposed to be a punitive measure. Therefore release on own recognizance would be totally appropriate.

  • sle29 Mar 16, 2012

    Here's a hint for any illegals coming here: Have a kid or 2 when you get here. That way, we won't deport you when you are caught. Our medicaid will pay for your medical bills, and you can be on welfare. Oh wait, I think they already know that.

  • Mom120 Mar 15, 2012

    WHY!!!.. Illegal is Illegal

  • barbstillkickin Mar 15, 2012

    Why is this happening. Do we not deport illegals or are we afraid of these liberals who have nothing better to do then stand out in front of the Capital griping about something and anything. He should have been deported now you will never find him again.