KC undocumented immigrant Yahaira Carrillo faces deportation after protest at John McCain’s office (updated)
|Yahaira Carrillo might have to fight for immigration rights from Mexico soon.|
Update (2:25 p.m. May 20): Authorities in Arizona have released Yahaira Carrillo — who was arrested Monday during a sit-in protest at U.S. Sen. John McCain’s Tucson office — but she’s still facing deportation.
On Tuesday, Carrillo and her fellow detainees pleaded not guilty to federal trespassing charges. They are now scheduled to appear in court on June 16.
“We decided to own our power and make our voices heard,” Carrillo said in a statement issued after her release. “While we are glad to be out, remember that this action was not and is not about us as individuals. It is imperative for all to continue to push the DREAM Act, to work like we’ve never worked before and make this a reality this summer. We’ve surpassed the days of sitting idly by while others make decisions for us, while others tell us to wait. We cannot wait. Waiting is no longer a option. The DREAM Act must pass and it must pass now.”
Carrillo is staying in Arizona to lobby for the DREAM Act. Her goal is
to get a vote on the legislation by the end of June.