Are We Truely Free? José Mondragon, UCSC graduate set to be deported.
On this blessed Martin Luther King Jr. day we celebrate the injustices that have been fought by those before us and call to the forefront how far we have come as a people, but let us not be so negligent as to realize how far we have NOT come as we continue to deprive our own people, citizens of the world, of the rights and justice we all deserve:
José Mondragon, an LALS student who graduated last spring from the University of California, Santa Cruz and who was deeply involved with Engaging Education (e^2), an outreach and retention center geared towards Students of Color and underrepresented/under resourced communities, was detained by ICE on January 11th in San Clemente, California while traveling via AMTRAK. He was immediately sent to Otay Detention Center, where he is currently being held. He has refused to sign his ”deportation papers,” ICE agents reportedly have not allowed José to contact anyone outside the detention center. His bail has been set to $8000 and ICE is set to deport him, even though eligible to be covered by the new Dream Act legislation Gov Brown signed (which goes into effect Jan. 2013).
“Free at last free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!”- MLK
-but are we truly tree? For as MLK also said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
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