Group Continues to Protest Against Immigration Laws

RALEIGH-The six protesters arrested while rallying against immigration policies in October brought their message to the Wake County Detention Center on Thursday.

The group walked out of a meeting about 287(g), a partnership between the sheriff's office and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"The majority of people who end up in deportation are not the quote unquote criminals that they are seeking to deport, but are actually people, who have come into contact with law enforcement often through no fault of their own," said protester Angeline Echeverria.

Thursday morning, the six protesters appeared in court on charges of impeding traffic and resisting police while protesting in front of Governor Pat McCrory’s executive mansion on October 29th.

"I will never regret fighting for my community so I am very glad we did it,” said protester David Salazar. “I am very glad that we are part of history. "

The group says the immigration laws unfairly target the low-income and immigrant population by limiting acceptable forms of id, expanding E-verify, and banning sanctuary policies.

"It is an assault to the dignity of our community, a threat to public safety, and out right in-efficient," said protester Ivana Gonzalez.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison commended the efforts his deputies do with the 287(g) program, saying their No. 1 goal is to keep  everyone safe.

"I wish the system was better myself. I wish there was a way that the good people could get drivers' licenses, the good people could stay here and work. It would make my life 100 percent better,” said Sheriff Harrison.  

The protesters are expected back in court on Feb. 15.

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