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Rally for immigration reform, licenses, and tuition equity at Marshall Park

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Members of United 4 the Dream, a youth-led organization for immigrants' rights, are planning a rally at Marshall Park as part of their Week of Action.

Undocumented youth will speak about access to higher education. Undocumented parents will talk about family separation

United 4 the DREAM and Familias Unidas are urging swift action to address immigration reform. The groups say they are working together to unveil a 3-point platform:

  • North Carolina should respect the federal authority on immigration law and not take driver's licenses away from DACA recipients.
  • Undocumented students in North Carolina need access to in-state tuition so that they can continue their studies and contribute more to their communities.
  • Immigrant families need immigration reform that provides a road map for citizenship, reunites families and treats immigrants with dignity.

"This rally is about coming out of the shadows and showing the community that we're here. We pick your food, we paint your offices, we built your towers and we deserve respect," said Mary Espinosa, youth organizer for United 4 the DREAM. "We can't keep living in country with broken immigration policies. It hurts our families, it hurts our economy, and it hurts our collective future."

The rally is scheduled to take place near the Martin Luther King statue in Marshall Park Thursday at 6 p.m. The rally will be followed by a short march to the Government Center.

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