Dominican student jailed for demanding higher learning access
By: Kaitlin Kimont, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Dominican student David Ramirez, 21, along with six other students from different universities around the U.S., were arrested on April 5 as a part of a widespread demonstration at the state capitol in Atlanta, Georgia protesting their lack of access to college and the lack of support for the DREAM Act in Congress.
“Knowing about this has given me a choice,” David Ramirez said in a statement to the Immigrant Youth Justice League before leaving for the protest. “I can ignore the ban and stay on this path of relative security, or I can join others to confront it. The outcome of bans will set a precedent for how undocumented youths are treated in other states.”
Ramirez, Georgina Perez, Viridiana Martinez, Jose Rico, Dayanna Rebolledo, Andrea Rosales and Maria Marroquin publicly declared their undocumented status by delivering a letter to Georgia State University President asking him to not comply with the recent Georgia Board of Regents ban of undocumented youth from the top five public universities.
“President Becker responded by shutting the admissions office door in their face,” according to TheDreamIsComing.com.