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Undocumented Immigrants Arrested at Protest Won’t Be Deported, ICE Says

Posted Apr 13, 2011 1:55 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Undocumented individuals arrested at an Atlanta immigration protest last week will not be deported, it was recently announced.

The seven individuals were arrested for blocking traffic during the protest, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They stated their immigration status at the demonstration, which targeted Georgia public colleges that do not admit undocumented students.

Some of those arrested mentioned the DREAM Act, an unsuccessful congressional measure that would have given young undocumented immigrants a chance at legal status if they entered college or the military.

An U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official referred the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to a recent speech by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in which in response to an audience question, she stated that individuals who would have qualified for the DREAM Act are not be an enforcement priority for ICE.

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