Speaking Out for Immigrants' Rights

4/3/2009

Students Alisa Cherkasova and Aquiles Damiron expressed their concern about the treatment of immigrants in the United States at a rally on City Hall Plaza and on a New England Cable News report.

The two sophomores, members of Amnesty International, were on hand for a march protesting the treatment of immigrant detainees that coincided with Amnesty International’s national conference in Boston and the release of “Jailed Without Justice,” an Amnesty report  showing a tripling in the number of immigrant detainees from 1996 to 2008.

Damiron, who came to America from the Dominican Republic at age 13, said that immigrants, even those who may have entered the country illegally, “still have rights; they still are human. And that’s what we’re here for, to raise awareness.”

Cherkasova pointed out that even legal immigrants who have jobs here face major challenges. “If they go to their countries to get documents, they have trouble getting back,” said Cherkasova, who came to America from Russia when she was 4 years old.

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