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Dream Act: Jailed illegal immigrant becomes N.C. rallying point

Published: Mar 14, 2012 8:15 am By: David Zucchino - LA Times

"Alberto, a native of Mexico brought to the U.S. by his parents at age 7, waged a 10-day hunger strike in the Wake County Jail until Monday. In a jailhouse interview, he told WGHP-TV of Greensboro, N.C., that he stopped the hunger strike because his mother was concerned about his health.

A federal immigration hearing in Alberto's case is scheduled for Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed an immigration hold on Alberto after his Feb. 29 arrest.

Alberto’s hearing comes several months after President Obama announced last summer that immigration authorities would place greater emphasis on deporting immigrants with serious criminal records. Alberto has past convictions for speeding, driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license."

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