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Monday July 2, 2012

North Carolina DREAMer Gets His Day in Court

North Carolina DREAMer Gets His Day in Court

Photo: Uriel Alberto's Day in Court

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When undocumented Uriel Alberto uttered the words “I am undocumented and I am unafraid” earlier this year he risked arrest and deportation for disrupting the Winston-Salem legislative session – today he had his day in court.

The 25-year-old Mexican native who was brought to this country when he was 8 years-old, decided to come out of hiding and do so in a very public arena – the State House of North Carolina.  On February 29, 2012 he and several other DREAMers disrupted a legislative session that was debating stricter immigration laws for North Carolina.

Today Alberto came to court to face the charges, if convicted he can be deported. 

According to the News Observer, Alberto entered an Alford plea, acknowledging that there was enough evidence to convict him but not admitting guilt.  The legal outcome of this plea will not be known for several months.

Despite the possibility of conviction and deportation, Alberto remains proud of his actions.  So much so that he conducted a 10-day hunger strike to show the plight of the undocumented in the country.  He accepted Judge Erin Graber admonishment that he should of found a better way to get his message out. 

If deported for his crime he leaves behind a 2-year-old child and the only country he has known for the last 17-years.