Illegal Immigrant Protestors Given Community Service

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Seven illegal immigrants arrested while blocking a downtown Atlanta street have been instructed to perform community service.

The Associated Press
From left, protestors Dayanna Rebolledo, Maria Marroquin, and Andrea Rosales, join hands before being arrested during a demonstration to bring attention to rights for illegal immigrants such as education, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Atlanta.

ATLANTA (AP) - Seven illegal immigrants arrested while blocking a downtown Atlanta street have been instructed to perform community service.

An Atlanta municipal court judge on Wednesday agreed to the penalty. The seven are charged with violating two city ordinances: obstructing traffic and prohibited conduct during assembly. An assistant solicitor says the charges will be dropped once they complete their community service.

The young people were arrested Tuesday, after they sat in the middle of a downtown street for more than an hour.

They protested to bring national attention to the issue of equal access to higher education for illegal immigrants.

Police told The Associated Press Tuesday eight protesters had been arrested, but the court said Wednesday it was seven.

U.S. immigration authorities have not said whether they'll pursue action against the protesters.


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  • by CONCERNED INDIVIDUAL Location: DALE COUNTY on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    WOW! IT IS SO SAD TO READ ALL THESE COMMENTS FROM ALL THESE IGNORANTS AND FELLOW AMERICANS IN HERE. I AM AN AMERICAN, AND WILL NEVER SAY SO UGLY COMMENTS ABOUT OTHER HUMANS BEINGS. I HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY AND SEEN UGLY THINGS DURING WAR. BUT THESE COMMENTS MAKE ME SICK TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE AMERICANS THAT DO NOT HAVE HEARTS AND FEELINGS, I BELIEVE THAT THESE KIND OF PEOPLE IN HERE WILL GO STRIGHT TO "HELL" BECAUSE GOD WILL NOT KEEP YOU WITH HIM. HEAVEN IS FOR GOOD PEOPELE, ILLEGALS, LEGALS, AMERICANS AND NON-AMERICANS. WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU WILL GO?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:59 PM
    Deport them thats your job,if you can't ,move a side give me your pay check and they'll be on a bus to Mexico.They want even be able to go get anything at their staying place,they'd be gone.
  • by Dave Location: Marianna on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    If they are illegals, why weren't they deported?
  • by Jerald Location: Dothan on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:34 PM
    Just when will our "so called" journalists use the proper term for these people? They are not "illegal immigrants" there is no such thing. They either emigrate legally and become Immigrants (no prefix needed) or legal aliens. If they enter this country illegally, they are illegal aliens or criminals, take your pick. The next point to ponder on is why ICE isn't immediately taking in to custody and deporting these illegals on notification of arrest? Do they get to pick and choose the laws and the offenders they apply the laws to? That's just the way the "good ol' boy" system works. It worked for BO's auntie. 10 years of being here illegally, collecting tax payer paid medical, housing, and a $750 per month check. Could this be direct cause and effect?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    Are they gonna be deported when the Community service is finished????
  • by Larry Location: Ozark on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    DEPORT THEM NOW! THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS HERE IN THE USA THEIR RIGHTS ARE IN MEXICO OR WHEREEVER THEY ARE FROM. GO DO YOUR PROTESTING THERE AND FIX OUR OWN COUNTRY!
  • by Dan Location: Dothan on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    Wow, equal access to higher education for illegal immigrants. How do they intend on paying for this "equal access" as they call it, or is it like everything else.....the American taxpayer going to have to foot the bill for those illegal immigrants who want a higher education. They keyword here is ILLEGAL. They are here illegally so why should they be afforded the same privleges that myself and every other LEGAL citizen have.
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