It appears, despite her best efforts, undocumented Kansas City resident and Rockhurst University student Yahaira Carrillo won't be deported after all.
Back in May, Carrillo was arrested for taking part in an immigration protest inside U.S. Sen. John McCain's Tuscon office. Carrillo was advocating for the stalled DREAM Act, a law before Congress that would give undocumented immigrants who were younger than 16 when they arrived in the U.S. a path to permanent, legal residency.
Carrillo, who came to this country from Mexico when she was 7, told the New
York Times on Sunday that coming out as an illegal immigrant
was a good decision. "I don't have to hide," she told the Times,
"I don't have to make excuses as to why I can't take certain jobs or
scholarships." The story says that Carrillo is probably going to be safe
from deportation because the Obama administration is focusing on
deporting illegal immigrants that are committing crimes, rather than
those going to college.
That's good news for three other KC area
during DREAM Act protests in Washington, D.C., in July.
the KS/MO DREAM Alliance's policy and media director, wrote in an e-mail
a little more than a week ago that she believed the students will
remain the U.S. "They have [their] court dates in two weeks in D.C. As
far as we know, ICE will not be intervening."
Now the question is: How many times can these students get arrested at protests before ICE brands them as criminals and deports them?