‘No Papers, No Fear’: Undocumented Immigrants Declare Themselves on Bus Tour

Miranda Leitsinger, NBC News, August 17, 2012


Over the past few weeks, a group of more than 30 housekeepers, day laborers, students and immigration activists has been making its way across the country in a ragtag caravan, chanting “no papers, no fear” and proudly declaring “I’m undocumented” in public gatherings.

The riders do not have the legal documents to be in the U.S., a point they want everyone they meet to know. They are on the bus tour, dubbed the “undocubus,” to highlight their plight and to challenge their anti-immigrant foes in the ongoing national debate on immigration.

“We want to live in equality like everyone else, and that’s why we have taken this risk. We have confronted fear of potentially being arrested, but we believe that it is worth fighting,” said El Salvadorean Jose Mangandi, a day laborer living in Los Angeles who is raising his 3-year-old son on his own after his wife was deported. “We have customs, we have cultures. We want to share this with this country, and those who criticize us and who hate us, we invite you to get to know us.”


Their tour, which began in Arizona, has made stops in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Along the way, the riders have met Civil Rights-era activists, some of them have been arrested during protests, and they’ve held talks with immigrant groups to exchange ideas on how to prevent deportation.


Though their flagship bus painted with the words, “No papers, no fear,” on it in Spanish and English broke down in New Orleans, they’ve carried on with vans and a minibus. They hope the bus will soon re-join the trip.


The group has their opponents, though they haven’t been turning out in large numbers. One woman showed up at a Nashville event wearing an anti-immigration t-shirt, but she kept her distance, participants say.

“They’re illegal immigrants advertising the fact and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) needs to pull them over and detain them,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center of Immigration Studies, a think tank that supports tighter immigration controls. “I mean, it’s as simple as that. … you can’t arrest every illegal immigrant but it seems to me advertising your illegality ought to be reason enough for you to be detained and removed from the country as a priority and the fact that they’re not is outrageous.”


When asked about the “undocubus” and whether the riders could be deported, Barbara Gonzalez, press secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sent the following statement via email:

“ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.”

Nine of the riders are applying for the government’s new “deferred action” policy, under which certain young immigrants in the country without documents can get a two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation. {snip}

Their ride ends in Charlotte, N.C., at the Democratic National Convention, where they intend to convey this message.


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  • The ‘dangers’ of having millions of undocumented latin americans around is over-stated.  What are you gonna do? Round them all up like Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe and send them to camps?  In your dreams, Jack.  Nobody does this kind of thing in civilized countries since the end of WWII.  Only exception was the Bosnian Serbs and they all eventually ended up in The Hague.
      What we need is a system for millions of Americans to live cheaply in latin american countries in the same (mostly) hassle-free way that millions of Mexicans and Central Americans live here.
    And we should have proportional control of their governments also.  For example, since 10% of all Mexican citizens reside in the USA, then the government of the USA should directly control 10% of the Mexican government.   Maybe the US military should directly fight the Mexican drug lords in the way that they fight the Taliban.  Maybe Mexico is the next stop in the USA’s new permanent, endless war for infinite profit for defense contractors.
      You want people to leave? Stop feeding them.  Stop educating their children for free.  Stop giving them free emergency-room treatment.  Relax, they’ll leave.

    •  If it were up to us here we would stop feeding them and educating their children and giving them emergency medical treatment.  Are you in the right place?

    • -The ‘dangers’ of having millions of undocumented latin americans around is over-stated

      Ever heard of “demographic displacement”?  Go look it up.  Unchecked immigration (mostly illegal) from third world countires is the biggest threat the US faces in today’s world.

      -What are you gonna do? Round them all up like Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe and send them to camps?

      Wow.  Flagged for trolling.
      But no  need to round them all up. Create a hostile enough enviorment, and most will self-deport in the end.  That’s the lesson of the 1950s era deportation efforts.

        I looked over your posting history.  You might not be a good “fit” for this site.

      • blight14

         My thoughts exactly…………..

    • The__Bobster

      Alan, I’ve read a few of your posts. You’re either a brainless libtard or you’re here as an agent provocateur. Either way, everyone here should ignore your worthless, misleading posts.

    • Chimp Master Rules

      Exactly right, Alan. 

      Most concentrations of blacks and mestizos are near the sea.

      Surround a barrio/ghetto with a 180 degree heavily armed cordon of white racialist troops (the modern equivalent of the SS) and give the inhabitants  48 hrs to march to the port where they will be put in cargo ships and shipped to whatever country will take them.  (Haiti?  Canada?  Brazil?) 

      Those who liv in cities like Richmond and St Louis pose a slightly different logistical problem.  There, you will need to surround the city with a 360 degree cordon.  They will be marched to railroad loading stations, placed on cars and shipped directly to Mexico or border camps on our side of the border.

      They will then be marched to the Rio Grande and escorted across at bayonet point.

      Those not complying with initial orders to leave their barrios and ghettos will be locked in, water and electricity cut off and starved out.  When they’re weak enough, we’ll go in and dig them out.

      If whites lack the political will for this, then the second best answer is a regional break-up of the US.  Certain areas will be designated as Black Reservations or Immigrant Reservations and those parties will be sent to them like indians were in the 19th century.

      It’s all fairly simple logistically.  We just need the WILL to do it.

    • MarcusTrajanus

        “What we need is a system for millions of Americans to live cheaply in
      latin american countries in the same (mostly) hassle-free way that
      millions of Mexicans and Central Americans live here.” Send one black for every indio/mestizo in the US and Mexico will be begging its citizens to come back.

  • “ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.”

    I’m sorry, but the adjective “smart” jumped out at me here. In other words, arresting militant illegal invaders for entering this country in violation of our immigration laws, as well as sovereignty, is stupid according to ICE. These are the A-holes in charge of enforcing our immigration laws.

  • RileyDeWiley

    You know, if there ever was an opportunity to create an anti-immigration media event by showing up with large numbers of dedicated whites, this is it.

    Where are they going next?

  • They show no respect for the country they are in, this is invasion and it is aggression.

    Throw them in jail, take their resources and deport them.  Make them misearable for breaking the law.  Then they wont do it.

    They are brazen because the despise you and have a further agenda, otherwise why make a point of being noticed?

  • blight14

     There is little doubt that the second revolution is coming…….

    • jeffaral

      A second bloody revolution is coming!   Are you ready?

      • blight14

         I doubt we could ever be ‘ready’, am I somewhat prepared, yes…..A group of like-minded friends around me, along with family, have been prepping for a few years….I currently have bronchitis and it dawned on me to add a few items to the medical kit-Mucinex being a mandatory item to have on hand…..Thankfully I’m able to order wholesale medical supplies including antibiotics/pain ‘reducers’ and other needed medicines…..sadly, many have short shelf lives…..

  • You are exactly right FedUp. Ever notice how more and more, those in charge of enforcing our nation’s immigration laws are hispanic. La Raza will always come first with these people, immigration laws and sovereignty be damned.

  • NM156

    Why does every idiot commenting on MSM articles feel the need to qualify his or her attack on illegal immigration by stressing that mass legal immigration is fine by them. These nitwits claim that they just want the govt. to approve of those who cross the border. These anti-illegal immigration dopes need a reality check. What reasonable objection could they have to a plan increasing the number of legal immigrants by the number of illegal immigrants currently in the US?

    • Yes..they have no idea that since 1965, this nation has been “legally” flooded with every third-world brown we can get our hands on via the Hart-Cellar Act. What they do not realize is that Whites are being eliminated in this country, “legally”  through reckless immigration policies and of course illegal aliens. At this point, so called legal immigration is not much different from the millions of third-worlders jumping our borders illegally.

  • MarcusTrajanus

     American gays do have civil rights in the US, citizens of foreign countries residing there illegally don’t.

  • MarcusTrajanus

     Why are they “undocumented”? Did the dog eat their papers? No, they have no valid papers because they are residing in the US illegally, which makes them illegal aliens. Seriously, “undocumented” is one of the dumbest euphemisms I’ve ever heard.

  • MarcusTrajanus

    Send them to Antartica, not Tierra del Fuego.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    Every generation thinks “it’s too late . . . we should have done it  (fill in the blank).”

    Old Turkish Saying:  When you’re on the wrong road, it’s never too late to turn around.