Former Garinger High School student Jorge Acosta took part in an immigration reform protest in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and was willingly arrested as part of a peaceful demonstration.
Acosta has been involved for several years in United 4 the Dream, a Charlotte-based Latin American youth advocacy group that travels to Washington every year to talk to lawmakers and lobbyists about immigration. He came to the United States from Mexico as an undocumented immigrant with his family when he was 2 months old. In 2012, Acosta’s father was deported after he was in a car accident to which police responded.
On Thursday, Acosta joined thousands of protesters who marched from the Department of Homeland Security to the White House, demanding that President Barack Obama act on behalf of separated families.
Obama on Thursday said he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies if Congress fails to do so.
Obama has promised action by this fall and has sought counsel on executive actions he can take on the immigration issue.