Six Undocumented Youth Arrested at anti-Arpaio Protest
Pledging to defeat Sheriff Joe Arpaio, chanting ‘Arpaio must go’
Phoenix, Arizona—Today, March 20th, five undocumented youth were arrested in an act of civil disobedience in which they publicly declaring their immigration status. They were surrounded by hundreds of supporters working to kick Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of office.
Recordings of the action can be found here: http://www.ustream.tv/
“This event is part of a larger push to make sure this man is not re-elected,” says Viridiana Hernandez, 20, one of the undocumented youth who was arrested. “If we want to defeat Sheriff Arpaio then we need to come out of the shadows and fight back. We are prepared to take on the Sheriff.”
In addition to Hernandez, Daniela Cruz, Jackie Sanchez, Stephanie Sanchez, Rocio Sanchez, and Hugo Sanchez were all arrested. It took several hours for law enforcement to respond, indicating major hesitation from “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” Today, he blinked after a serious stare-down from the undocumented youth movement.
This action will mark the first time undocumented youth come out and risk arrest in Arizona since the passage of SB1070. The arrests were made in front of Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix, AZ.
“Anytime you reveal your status in this state you risk arrest and deportation, these students are willing to take that risk and we need to support them,” stated Maria Carr, a local educator.
As undocumented youth we are compelled by our frustration and the fierce urgency of our dreams to act as agents of our destinies and be the catalysts for a future in which we are empowered, mobilized, and living with the dignity we deserve. We organize this action in an effort to once and for all rid our community of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.