CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ten undocumented immigrants who participated in a civil disobedience demonstration earlier in the day met with ICE officials and remained in jail late Tuesday.
The activists are part of the “Undocubus,” a group of about 50 undocumented immigrants traveling from Phoenix to Charlotte to lobby for immigration reform during the Democratic National Convention.
Ten were arrested Tuesday after sitting down in an uptown intersection and refusing police orders to disperse.
Late Tuesday, members of the Undocubus group gathered at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on S. Tryon Street to rally support and to update the public about those who were arrested.
“They did this because they wanted their voices to be heard,” said member Natally Cruz. “They had fear for many years but that fear was left on the road.”
Tania Uncueta said her younger sister and her two parents were among those who were arrested.
“It was their choice and I have to support them in any way I can,” she said. “There’s a level of empowerment that comes with losing the fear of police.”
The activists plan to attend the ten members’ arraignments on Wednesday. They also may schedule further demonstrations, said member B Loewe.
“We must stop anti-immigrant legislation that has separated families, such as 287g,” said member Victor Alvarez in Spanish. “Enough is enough.”