WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Attorneys for Winston-Salem activist Uriel Alberto – who is on a hunger strike lasting more than a week – plan to file a bond motion Tuesday in immigration court to try to get him out of the Wake County Jail.
Alberto and two other protesters were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after they interrupted a special House committee on immigration in Raleigh on Feb. 29.
Alberto, 24, who was brought into the United States by his parents when he was 7, does not have legal permission to be in the country. Because of his residency status, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials could deport him to Mexico.
Alberto and thousands of young immigrants like him were raised in the U.S. and call it home, according to immigrant advocacy groups. These young people cannot apply for legal status while they are in the country.
Alberto went on a hunger strike shortly after he was put in jail and is losing significant weight, friends said, to raise awareness about this generation of immigrants, who say they want a chance to contribute to society rather than be deported to countries they hardly remember.
Beckie Moriello, one of Alberto’s attorneys, said Sunday she plans to file the bond motion through an immigration court in Charlotte and expects a hearing will happen Thursday. An immigration judge would then decide whether to grant a bond.
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