Jeremy Redmon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 12 2011
Federal immigration authorities have decided not to take action against seven demonstrators who disclosed they were in the country illegally before they were arrested on charges of blocking downtown Atlanta traffic during a protest last week.
The activists blocked traffic on downtown Atlanta’s Courtland Street for about an hour last week as they demonstrated against a ban on illegal immigrants attending some Georgia colleges.
Earlier that day, the protesters had declared they were illegally in the country and decried restrictions illegal immigrant students face in the United States. Some spoke in favor of the DREAM Act, a congressional measure that would have given young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military. That measure failed in Congress last year.